Josephine Butler to [?Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Fragment of letter. Written from [49 Wandsworth Rd, London SW]. Suggesting that Dr Mylne, the Bishop of Bombay 'a great friend of our cause' be asked to come to their Meeting [see note] on 18 May, as he was likely to be in London earlier in the month for the Congress of Colonials.

Administrative / Biographical History

[? 2 May] [1888] Date: Dr MyIne was Bishop of Bombay 1876-1897. 'The Bishop of Bombay is likely to be in London for the Congress of Colonials before the 18th of May, would it not be a grand thing to ask him to our meeting?' The annual meeting of the LNA for 1888 was held in Exeter Hall, London on 18 May 1888. 'He is a connection of my sister Mrs Smyttan.' Mrs Smyttan died in 1895. Her husband, a clergyman left her a widow early in her married life. 'You know that the Bishop of Bombay promoted that fine memorial to the Viceroy of India.' This probably refers to the 1st Earl of Lytton who was Viceroy of India 1876-1880. While there he was noted for his controversial 'Forward' policy. This would give the year as 1888 and the month a date early in May. Biog: Dr MyIne; Mrs Smyttan.