Josephine Butler to HJ Wilson

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Written from Cockermouth, Keswick. Says Mr Butler obliged to go to London the next day; she and the boys staying on a few more days. She is still not well: 'I suffer deeply in one to consult with...the debate [See Note] tried me more than any illness...Please friends pray for me. I am ill and darkness sometimes comes.'

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'The debate tried me more than any illness.'

This refers to the debate on the second reading of Sir Harcourt Johnstone's Bill for Repeal of the CD Acts, which took place on Wednesday 23 Jun. It was the longest debate in Parliament on this subject. It lasted from noon to 5.50 p.m. (Full report of this debate given in 'Shield' 1 Jul 1875 p 185)