Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/03/44
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3450
  • Dates of Creation
      [Dec 1871]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Deals with subscriptions and subscribers to the Ladies National Association, and the report. Encloses a prospectus from her sister Mrs Masson [this was Eliza, her eldest sister b.1819 and a widow, now about 50 years of age] who offers a home for a school girl or a studious friend. JB says she has temporarily been left sole Secretary. Of the Vigilance Committee and asks whether her friend would be co-Sec with her for a time. In any case would she and Miss Estlin keep their eyes open for a possible future Secretary.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday [Dec 1871]

'my sister Mrs Masson' - This was JB's eldest sister Eliza born 1819, about '55 years of age' at the time the letter was written. She married (1) William Morrison who died in 1853 by whom she had 4 children and (2) Mr Masson. At the time of this letter she was a widow again

'my youngest sister now left a widow'

This was Emily b 1836 married 3 times; at the time the letter was written, her 2nd husband Jasper Bolton had recently died (19 Nov 1871). The letter can therefore be dated soon after 19 Nov 1871, say early Dec

Biog: Mrs Masson; Mrs Thomas; Miss Estlin