Josephine Butler to the Miss Priestmans

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      GB 106 3JBL/39/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4491
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Feb [1898]
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      1 item

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Written from Ewart, Northumberland.

Encloses a cheque sent by a hitherto unknown friend specially to help the 'Storm Bell' and if Mrs Tanner agrees she will send it to her bank as a reserve fund for printing. Reports that the demand for the 'Storm Bell' continues and from unlikely places like Gibraltar for officers of the garrison. 'I am surprised that educated people seems to care for such an elementary paper'. Distressed to hear of the serious illness of Sir James Stansfeld. Speaks of the latest assault of their enemy: 'the attempt of Dr Victor Horsley to create a scare among women, Horsley must be mad'. Has received a grateful letter from Mme Dreyfus from Paris in reply to me.

Administrative / Biographical History

5 Feb [1898]

'I feel I am working with you now, more than with Tothill St'. This was the address of the Central Office and the British Committee, the central body in England of the International Federation.

'I have just got Pewtress's bill for 'Truth before everything' ... for £13.

For note on this pamphlet 'Truth before everything', see letter of 7 Aug 1897.

'Lady Stansfeld'

'Sir James Stansfeld's 1st wife was Caroline, one of the daughters William Henry Ashurst. She died in 1885 after a long and painful illness. In Jun 1887 he married Frances, widow of Henry Severn of Sidney 'and he spent the last years of his life (d 17 Feb 1898) in the quiet enjoyment of her companionship and sympathy.'

'I had such a grateful letter from Mme Dreyfus.' For note on Dreyfus case see note letter of 3 Feb 1898.

Biog: Miss Humbert, Miss Peckover, Sir James and Lady Stansfeld, Dr Victor Horsley, Mme Pieczynska, Mme Dreyfus