Josephine Butler to Mr Edmondson

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Written from Keswick. Has had two discouraging letters lately one from an English lady and the other from Mr and Mrs Passy in Paris who used the word 'impossible' for inaugurating 'our work there'. 'The despondency of good people is worse to bear than the opposition of our opponents'. Encouragement only from Lyons (Mr and Mrs Hugentobler)

Administrative / Biographical History

'Lyons may prove to be the best place to begin'

Plans for starting work on the Continent were made at the Conference held at York 25 Jun 1874; and after much thought and consultation JB made her first visit to the Continent in the winter of 1874/5. See note on 'Conference of Repeal Friends at York on the 25 Jun 1874, JB to member of Bristol Committee [2nd week in Jun 1874]

For account of visit to Lyons just before Xmas 1874 see JB to Stansfeld in Black Book 1st Continental trip 1874/5 pp 37-40

'The Glasgow meetings appear to have been very successful'

A Conference was held in Glasgow on the afternoon of Thursday 1 Oct 1874 to urge Repeal. Edward Backhouse of Sunderland was Chairman. A letter from Mrs Butler was read (Reported in the 'Shield' 24 Oct 1874)

Biog: Mr Edmondson; Mrs Alsop; Mr and Mrs Frederick Passy in Paris; Mr Hugentobler and wife of Lyons