Josephine Butler to (Miss Priestman)

Scope and Content

Written from 19 Stafford Terrace, London. Had that day attended with her husband the Committee of the Friends' Association concerning the Convention in Jan. Therefore their annual meeting must not be too soon after that probably early in Feb after Parliament met again. Should apply for St James's Hall at once.

Administrative / Biographical History

The letter was sent from the address of JB's sister, Mrs Garston. 'and have today attended with my husband the committee of the Friends' association concerning the Convention in Jan'. (See Note on the Christian Association in letter of 10 Nov.) 'it would never do to hold our annual meeting close upon the Convention'. (See letter of 11 Nov with discussion of when to have the annual meeting with Note.) 'There is to be an Election at Liverpool. Would it be well to have a meeting there just before the Election comes on ...' A by-election was held at Liverpool Dec 1882, in which Samuel Smith was elected as a Liberal. 'Parliament will meet again early in Feb and it is thought our meeting should be soon after that'. The annual meetings of the LNA were held 12 and 13 Feb 1883 at Exeter Hall and St. James Hall on respective dates. 'Please reply to Winchester'. The move to Winchester from Liverpool took place early in Nov 1882. '... and they [the Friends] want the women's part of the programme to be filled up before they can proceed to print.'. For an elaboration of this subject see next letter [22 Nov]. Biog: Mrs Lucas; Mrs Steward; Mrs Garston; Mrs Thomasson; Mrs Campbell; Samuel Smith.