Josephine Butler to her friend [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Devotes letter mostly to the question of women's suffrage: she fears that the women will shortly be utterly swamped [this was a reference to the proposed extension of the franchise to the agricultural labourer sponsored by GO Trevelyan. See also letter to Mrs Wilson at about the same date] 'I should like to see it worked by some of our best people and not left to be too much represented by poor dear Miss Becker to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude, but who has not the gift of winning'. She tries as much as possible to join in with repeal work.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Fred Meuricoffre'

This was the son of Madame Harriet Meuricoffre who lived in Naples and was the most dear to JB of all her sisters. He went to Cambridge to read Law

'Woman's Suffrage'

Compare JB's remarks on this in letter to Mrs Wilson 12 Nov 1873

Biog: Miss Becker