Josephine Butler to Miss Anne Clough

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/02/48
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3038
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Jun 1869
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Fully concurs with rule that only members should come to the Council meeting. (NECHEW). [2 items Letter and envelope]

Administrative / Biographical History

[Postmark on envelope Liverpool, Jun 5 1869]

'The Council Meeting' - This is the Council of the 'North of England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women' (NECPHEW). It consisted of 12 persons of whom 9 were women. Josephine Butler, Anne Clough and Elizabeth Wolstenholme were already known for their work for women embracing social reform, education and suffrage; the rest were eminent in the educational world as headmistresses of girls schools and promoters of female education. The first meeting was held 1-2 Nov 1867 in the Heaton's drawing room at Leeds. Mrs Butler was elected President and Miss Clough Secretary of the Council. JB remained President 1867-1873 and Miss Clough was Secretary for the 3 first years of its existence. The 2nd meeting was held 15-16 Apr 1868. The 3rd meeting was held 8-9 Oct 1869. The 4th meeting was held 11-12 Jun 1869. (For a detailed account of the NECPHEW see M Ed Thesis 'The NECPHEW 1867-1875/6' Sep 1968 by Sheila C Lemoine.) The three men were:

'2 of the Asst Commissioners for the Schools Enquiry Commission then sitting - James Bryce for Lancashire and Joshua Fitch for the West Riding and the City of York - and young Frederic WH Myers 'present by special invitation' and representing the considerable number of individuals in Cambridge who were to lend the 'lectures to ladies an increasing amount of support'. (From S C Lemoine Thesis on 'The NECPHEW' p.96, 1968)

'Mr Garston' - This was JB's brother-in-law. He had married her sister Mary Ann (b 1821) and their home at this period was at Liverpool

'Endowed Schools' - See note on Endowed Schools Commissioners in a letter from JB to Albert Rutson (? Jun 2 1868]

Biog: Miss AJ Clough; Mr Garston; Dr Heaton; Miss Marshall