Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Postcard. Written from Liverpool. To say that she has asked the London Committee to look after South Wales; they have been badly defeated there, and their friends there are much distressed. She is also doubtful about Childers as to how he will vote.

Administrative / Biographical History

Date as postmark.

'Fothergill has been tremendously beaten there again' - See letter of Fothergill from Swansea 12 Feb 1873

'I don't quite believe in Childers either' - Childers was given the office of the Lord of the Admiralty in Gladstone's 1st Cabinet 1868-1874. In Mar 1871 he resigned and in Aug 1872 rejoined the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He resigned this in Sep 1873

Of the Repeal Bills: 15 Jul 1872 Mr Bruce's Bill withdrawn; 21 May 1873 Second Reading of Fowler's Repeal Bill - thrown out (For history of the attempts of Mr Fowler MP to get his Repeal Bill passed see note with letter of JB to HJ Wilson [6] Apr 1872)

Mr Swan - Agent of the Society - see letters of 20 Jan 1873 HJ Wilson to his Exec and 21 Jan Mr Backhouse to HJ Wilson

W Gladstone - William Henry Gladstone eldest son of WE Gladstone

See letters of 27 Jan and 28 Jan 1873 on politics at Whitby

Biog: Fothergill; HCF Childers; Fowler MP; Stansfeld; W Swan (Agent); W Gladstone