Miss Annie Coller to Josephine Butler

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Written from Mrs Macalpine's Homes, 80 Greenhays Lane, Manchester, (Coller was the Superintendant and Secretary)

Says she told Mrs Andrews and Dr Bushnell of 'her sorrow because of the conduct of the conduct of the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union)' [These two women went out to India to make an investigation of the actual state of affairs in India. Result of the investigation was made known in England in May 1893. For affair of Lady Henry Somerset and her ill judged pronouncement declaring herself in favour of Regulation, see letter from JB to Mrs Spence Watson 25 Mar 1897] Mrs Coller has been a member of the Manchester WCTU for several years and is now the President of the Purity Department, but the position that Lady H Somerset has taken has made her feel it almost impossible to work as hitherto as she has always been a warm supporter of opposition to the CD Acts. Does not know what to do and asks for JB's prayers.

[Note by JB to Miss Forsaith: 'Could you answer this very briefly. Yes I will pray for her. JEB.'

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'The position that Lady H Somerset has taken has made me feel it almost impossible to work as heretofore'

Letters dealing with this are:

27 Apr; 18 May; 21 May; 22 May; 30 May; 1 Jun (JB to Miss Forsaith)

1 Jun (Miss Balgarnie to JB);

18 Oct (JB to Miss Forsaith); 2 Nov (Mrs Cole to JB)

'I am, next week, going to circulate amongst the branches Mrs Andrew's and Dr Bushnell's reply to LH Somerset's pamphlet and your letter in the Shield'

Mrs Andrew's and Dr Bushnell's reply to Lady Henry Somerset is given in extracts with comments (see 'Shield' Oct 1897 p 45)

There are 2 Women's Protests against Government wish to re-introduce CD Acts signed by JB:

Mar 1897 - a protest was signed by JB, by the wives of 6 Bishops and many other distinguished ladies. ('Shield' May 1897 p 7)

Jun 1897 'Memorial of the LNA to the Marquess of Salisbury' signed by JB on behalf of the Executive Committee ('Shield' Jun 1897 p 9)

Biog: Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Mrs Annie Collier, Miss Ellie Hopkins, Lady Henry Somerset