Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

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Written before moving from Liverpool to Winchester (dictated). To express her warmest thanks to Mrs Tanner and Miss Priestman for their very kind congratulations. She excuses herself for not writing in person because the last days in Liverpool are so crowded with business.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Warmest thanks to you and Miss Priestman for your very kind congratulations.' Earlier in the month the Rev George received a letter from Gladstone informing him that he had been appointed to a canonry in Winchester Cathedral. 'She thinks Mrs Campbell's help should be offered to the Working Men's League for the purpose of getting up indignation meetings at West Ham.' Mrs Campbell was one of the Agents who worked for the LNA In several letters estimates of her work are made. In one (30 Oct 1882) JB comments that she does quite good work among the working classes of the north, though not suitable for working up drawing room meetings. 'The Working Men's League' was a spontaneous movement of working class men for repeal of CD Acts. It was warmly welcomed by JB, though not by all the supporters of the movement such as HJ Wilson, who thought it a pity to have a division based on class. (For opinions expressed in letters see JB to HJ Wilson 22 Apr 1875; JB from Edmund Jones 20 Apr 1875; Mrs Tanner to HJW 25 May 1875 and 30 May 1875; JB to Mrs Tanner 8 Jun 1884, etc.) Biog:Mrs Campbell (Agent); Lord Dalhousie.