Mrs EM King to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from 62 Tavistock Rd, Westbourne Park. After discussing her spiritual problems, she turns to practical affairs. She is pleased with her answer to 'Z' of the 'Shield' [on the subject of 'A celibate or a married army' ..See Note]. Gives her views on manners. Has given up the Malta scheme [See Note] for the present. She would not anyhow have asked Mrs Butler's aid about it. When they met at Colchester [for the Election campaign. See Note] 'we both clearly felt we were antagonistic'. She had offered her services to the Ladies National through Mrs Hampton, one of their agents, but had received no answer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday 19th [Dec 1870]. Monday the 19th [no date given but dated by correspondence to 'Shield' to Dec 1870.]

'I have given up the Malta scheme' - This probably refers to the imposition of a special series of ordinances passed by the Malta Legislative Council in 1861 and administered by Sir Henry Storks, general, who had been commanding officer Malta 1864-1865. (See letter of 5 Nov 1870)

'It was curious how at Colchester we both (Mrs King and JB) clearly felt we were antagonistic' - In 1870 General Storks stood as a Liberal candidate for Colchester, a protected town. The Abolitionists at once took action and put another candidate up a Liberal who supported their principles. The split vote gave the Conservatives the victory

(For further details see note to letter of 5 Nov 1870 JB to HJ Wilson)

'I have just finished my answer to 'Z' at the 'Shield' - Mrs King started the correspondence in the 'Shield' by sending in a letter on the subject 'A celibate or a married army' in which she advocated the latter, published 'The Shield' 10 Dec 1870 p.326. An answer to this letter signed 'Z' appeared in the 'Shield' of 17 Dec 1870 p.329 writing on the 19th she says 'I have just finished my answer to 'Z''

(It was published in the Shield of 24 Dec 1870 p.340 after which the correspondence ceased)

Biog: Miss Estlin; Mrs Pennington; Mrs E M King