Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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Written from Liverpool. Just returned from London where the hard work of trying to coax MPs and seeking someone to succeed Mr Fowler helped to break her down; still very unwell. She feels 'this shade of Toryism is depressing in every way'. [Disraeli's second Cabinet formed in Feb 1874]. Urges that all the newly elected be memorialised by their constituents.

Administrative / Biographical History

'This shade of Toryism is depressing in every way'

Disraeli's 2nd Cabinet was formed on 17 Feb 1874 and lasted till Apr 1880

'I am waiting to know who is to be our Leader to succeed Mr Fowler'

Mr Fowler lost his seat in the 1874 election and his place as Leader of the Repeal Party in Parliament was taken over by Sir Harcourt Johnstone. He prepared a Bill of Repeal to be presented in the House early in 1875 and again during each successive year of the Disraeli administration. They were all thrown out or withdrawn and in 1880 he retired from Parliament

'I am waiting to hear from Great George St what the action of the National is to be'

The National Association was the central body of the organisation working for the Repeal of the CD Acts. Their first address was Great Marlborough Street and 19 Apr 1873 they moved to 27 Great George Street Westminster

Biog: Mrs Venturi; Mr Fowler; Sir Harcourt Johnstone