Josephine Butler to her friend [Miss Priestman]

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Written from 24 Grosvenor Road, Westminster Embankment, (the Stuarts House). To say she is staying with the Stuarts to consult with him and others about the next move over the Indian Committee of Enquiry after Lord Roberts' denial of all charges. He will shortly be summoned before the Departmental committee. She has decided that at their Conference on the 24th she will give a resume of work on the Continent and a brief 'account of my stewardship', and then devote all the rest of the time to India.

Administrative / Biographical History

'to consult more readily with him [J Stuart] and others about this important move - Lord Roberts denial of all the charges' (See letter of 6 May and 21 Mar)

'I have asked Mr Lynn to forward you the 'Christian Commonwealth' to show you what Lord Roberts says' 'The Christian Commonwealth' reported an interview with Lord Roberts, drawing his attention to the printed 'Statement of Facts'. At this 'interview' the late Commander in Chief denied and contradicted the allegations, one by one, adding 'that any such state of things exists as this report describes is simply untrue' (RR 675)

Mr Morgan, the editor was an old friend of JBs and had in the past been an ardent supporter of the Cause and lost a great number of subscriptions in consequence. See letter of 3 Jul 1902 JB to Miss Forsaith

Biog: The Stuarts, Mr Lynn, Lord Roberts