Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends' [the Miss Priestmans]

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Having just returned from a visit to them at Bristol. Is much impressed with a letter received that day from a soldier, a private in Bristol. Cannot publish it as he says he was guilty of a military crime in attending her lecture. Very busy with the Election in Liverpool 'there seems good hope of Mr Caine succeeding.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [Feb 7 1874]

'We are very busy wish the Election here' [i.e. in Liverpool]

The candidates were: Conservatives (Lord Sandon and Mr Tom); Liberals (Mr Rathbone and Mr Caine). Mr Caine was a known Repealer but the others were doubtful so 'a deputation consisting of several medical men, clergymen and working men waited on the Liverpool candidates for election on Wednesday last the settlement to draw their attention to the legislation for the protection of vice'

It was reported that 'Lord Sandon appeared to be ignorant of the question. He and Mr Tom ... held in abeyance all expression of opinion on the subject. Mr Rathbone expressed himself as strongly opposed to any law which is unequal between the sexes ...' (The 'Shield' 14 Feb 1874, p 55)

Date: Date on separate sheet dealing with soldier's letter was 4 Feb. JB's own letter to the Miss Priestmans was headed Saturday. 4 Feb was a Wednesday therefore Saturday's date was 7 Feb. The election campaigns started with the dissolution of Parliament on 24 Jan. Returns completed by 17 Feb when Gladstone resigned and Disraeli formed his second government

'our agitation against the 40th clause'

See note on 'Clause 40 of the Mutiny Act' in JB to Mr HJ Wilson dated 23 Aug 1872

Biog: Mr Rathbone; Mr Francis Newman; Mr Caine