Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Deals with election expenses. Fothergill the Agent should send his expenses at the Pontefract Election [15 Aug 1872] and she has put down £3 for Mr Stuart who has been to so many elections all at his own expense, and after Pontefract he had not even any money left to travel to his home in Scotland. The action of her Birmingham friends in getting her to take a short holiday was taken amiss by 'The Jackson's Row Committee' but she is back now 'and I am I hope working hard enough now to satisfy the Becker'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I am at present very busy about the Preston election' - See letter JB to Mr Wilson 23 Aug [1872]. For further details about this election campaign see 'Shield' 14 Sep 1872 pp 1074 and 1076

'Mr Littleton is taking a Hall for our ladies' annual meeting for 3 pm on Saturday the 14th' - Mr Littleton, of Devonport, was a voluntary worker in the Cause.

'The National Association has had a local office in Plymouth for the last 7 years ... Mr Littleton has always acted as local hon treasurer correspondent and adviser and the trusted friend of the Committee of the NA ...' - He suffered seriously in his business (navy clothier and outfitter) by his persistent and prominent support of Repeal.

The LNA annual Meeting was held at the Mechanics Institute, Devonport on Sep 14 1872. Mrs Lucas occupied the Chair and among those present were JB, Mrs Helen Clark, Miss Wolstenholme, Mary Carpenter, and Mrs Thorp. (For further details see 'Shield' 21 Sep 1872 pp1086 and 1093)

'The Jackson's Row Committee' - This was the address of the headquarters of the women's societies Manchester. The leading organiser of all these societies was Miss Lydia Becker. She was most prominent in the suffrage movement but also took a leading part in the other women's societies and was on the committee of the LNA. JB recognised her efficiency but found her personality repellent '[her] support on our repeal platform does not aid the cause'

Biog: Mr Fothergill, Mr William Spry Littleton, Mrs Kenway, Miss L Becker