Josephine Butler to the Priestmans

Scope and Content

Written 'In the train' from Italy. She has just stayed several days at Neuchatel and discussed much Federation business and she would like an LNA committee called to discuss various proposals put forward by Swiss and French women. Her husband preceded her home; he has a return of fever and she is hurrying home to nurse him. Various suggestions have been made about their meeting for praise and thanksgiving [for Repeal of Acts]. Not sorry to hear the 'Shield' is to cease.

Administrative / Biographical History

2 May [1886]. Date: no year but on the way home from her trip to her sister in Italy in 1886. 'I should like a Ladies National Committee called soon as I have much to bring before you.' This was elaborated in a letter of [7 May] when JB got home. 'Certainly it seemed our Cause made enormous progress even after those days of prayer and conference we held in the Friends' meeting house in London.' This was the Convention of prayer and meetings got up by the Friends, which took place 24 and 25 Jan 1883. (See note for letters of 10 Nov 1882 and 11 Nov 1882). 'I am not sorry the 'Shield' is to cease. We shall be saved some expense.' The Shield the organ of the Repeal societies began Mar 1870 and stopped after the Repeal Apr 1886. It had been running at a loss for sometime. In 1875 the annual loss was £500 (see letter of JB to Mrs Wilson 3 Jul 1875 and JB to [Miss Priestman] 8 Dec 1875. Biog: Miss Bewicke.