Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' (Miss Priestman)

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Deals with details of the administration and certain staff difficulties. Discussed the problem of Mrs Campbell (paid agent) whom two of the Committee want dismissed. Thinks she should be warned on the grounds that the Committee have decided to dispense altogether with paid agency. The other paid agent, Miss Craigen could be asked to go on with the Women's Suffrage work for the present. Thinks the next annual meeting in a subjected town, Portsmouth, Plymouth or Greenwich. Suggests various publications including a digest of her Evidence given to the Select Committee of the House of Commons in May 1882. Report appeared Aug 1882. She herself would prepare it from the Blue Book.

Dated: 9 Oct (still at Liverpool so 1882; they moved to Winchester early in Nov)

Administrative / Biographical History

'The resolution we passed at Neuchâtel shall be strictly observed.' This was when they were at the Federation Conference at Neuchâtel, Sep 1882. The members of the LNA who attended probably met and had a meeting on their own to settle some difficulty over the two Agents, Mrs Campbell and Miss Craigen, which had upset Miss Bewicke and Mrs Steward. 'The Midlands have consulted me privately about some entirely new plan, in order to utilize at once the present feeling of indignation against the Majority Report, and they have asked me to go to Birmingham to consult.' This plan was given expression at the Conference at Birmingham on 7 Nov, convened by the MCEU. The Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed to enquire into the operation and working of the Acts was published 1 Aug 1882. 'A digest of my Evidence might be interesting as a leaflet but please it must not be taken from Miss Lucy Wilson's version in the Shield.' This was JB's evidence when called before the Select Committee of the House of Commons. Miss Lucy Wilson was one of the legal helpers of the Cause, used to explain and epitomise Acts etc. which concerned the movement. Biog: Miss Bewicke; Mrs Steward; Mrs Campbell (Agent); Miss Craigen (Agent); Mr Stansfeld; Miss Lucy Wilson.