Josephine Butler to 'My dear Friends' Miss Priestman

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Written from 29 Tooting Bec Road, Balham. Would like to see them to discuss matters privately before she goes to Italy; she refers specially to her relations with the American group. Also must make some arrangement for her invalid sister Mrs Smyttan before she goes. She has enough money for herself but she would like to take Amelie Humbert about with her to assist in the clerical side of the work. 'I am compelled to speak at the Woman's Suffrage meeting on Friday which I do not feel fit for'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'at our Committee on the 1st' - This was the Committee held on Wednesday morning, 1 Nov, of the LNA. (See letter of 24 Oct.)

'I refer to my relations with the American group. The matter is too complicated to explain in a letter' - The American group was a group from the WWCTU, headed by Miss Willard, the President. (See letter of [2 Jun 1893].)

'In 1874 The Women's Christian Temperance Union was founded by Frances Willard. This formidable organisation, with strong support from the Anti-Saloon League of the Methodist Church, succeeded in drying up five states by 1900' (Taken from a Review of a History of Prohibition in the USA.) TLS 16 May 1875.

'if I am compelled to speak of the Women's Suffrage meeting on Friday, which I do not feel fit for'

Biog: Mrs Smyttan, Mrs Garston, Amélie Humbert