Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from [Winchester]. Says she begged £50 from Mr Backhouse, of Darlington for the LNA Glad that Mr Stansfeld has got the first place on the 20th for his Resolution [see note].

Administrative / Biographical History

22 Mar [1883] 'I begged £50 from Mr Alfred Backhouse.' This was Mr Backhouse of Darlington a generous contributor to the Society like his brother Mr Edward Backhouse who died in 22 May 1879. 'Is it not good that Mr Stansfeld has got the 1st place on the 20th for his resolution?' 'This was the Resolution 'that this House disapproves of the compulsory examination of women under the Contagious Diseases Acts' moved by Mr Stansfeld on 20 Apr 1883.' Attempts had been made to introduce this resolution several times from 1879 onwards. 27 Feb of that year Mr Hopwood's motion on these lines was crowded out by debate on the Address (see RR no.437). Finally on 20 Apr Mr Stansfeld moved the resolution quoted above and the motion was carried 182 to 110. Total Repeal of the Acts had to wait for three years, but this measure was a great victory and eliminated the most objectionable features of the Acts. Biog: Mr Alfred Backhouse; Mr Stansfeld.