Mrs Elizabeth Andrew to 'My dear friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/40/03
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4869
  • Dates of Creation
      1 Mar 1898
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Southport.

Describing a round of meetings and trouble with Lady Henry's supporters. Asks her to look up in the Blue Book relating to the Indian matter of 1895 where the certificate of 'Ameer' is given: 'Ameer has supplied the 2nd Derby Regiment with prostitutes for the past three years, and I recommend her to any other regiment requiring her for a similar capacity'. They need this information in the correction of proofs, immediately. Raises the question of the circulation of their leaflet (about the 'standards of the WCTU being lowered') in Great Britain. But as they have undertaken to send out to Canada, the USA and the World's WCTU principal workers, they dare not undertake England. Does she see any way buy which it could be accomplished?

Administrative / Biographical History

'We do feel very badly about Prof Stuart being so overworked and feel sorry to have added a single burden to his busy life lately'

Prof Stuart was very much immersed in politics in the 1890s. He was an MP from 1882 to 1900 (the Hoxton division of Shoreditch) and took his duties very seriously, especially anything connected with the Abolitionist cause. Also as he tells us in his Reminiscences:

'For a number of years I was connected with newspapers, being chairman of the Board of Directors of the 'Star' Newspaper Co ... at one time I wrote the leading articles in the Star'

(See p 252-4 in his 'Reminiscences')

'As to the circulation of our leaflet (about the 'Standards of the WCTU being lowered') in Great Britain'

In 'The Times' of 23 Nov 1897 Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew wrote to explain their position vis-à-vis the WWCTU (following the disputes arising out of the Toronto Convention of 26 Oct 1897). (For the Meeting of Toronto see notes JB to the Miss Priestmans 12 Oct 1897 and JB to Miss Forsaith 13 Dec 1897)

The two ladies wrote to say that they had voluntarily tendered their resignations of all official relations with the Union as long ago as 15 Jun 1896 giving as their principal reason for so doing their conviction that 'the high standard of the early days of the WCTU as it took its rise in America are not being maintained'

Miss Willard accepted with regret their resignations but repudiated their allegations

(Given in the 'Shield' Jan 1898, p 70)

'Circulation of our leaflet'

Other references to this may be found in

Letter of Mrs Andrew to Miss F 10 Mar 1898

Letter of Mrs Andrew to Miss F 22 Mar 1898