Josephine Butler to 'Dearest Friends' [Miss Forsaith and Harriet]

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Photocopy of a letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

She tells her friends she has suffered much in the last few days and asks them if they will in their prayers ask for her if her racking pain may be taken away. Sometimes she finds it strange that her prayers for relief of pain or peril for others are answered even quickly but that He does not take away her pain.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday 6 Nov 1904

'How I wish that that wicked Education Bill could be destroyed; but I fear the Irish party will prevent its destruction in a Liberal Parliament' The Education Act of 1902 was acclaimed as an excellent measure covering not merely secondary education but elementary as well. In the 'provided' schools 'undenominational' teaching was retained under the Cowper-Temple clause. But while the Anglicans and Roman Catholics welcomed it because it saved their schools the nonconformists were furious. The formal objection was that it would put the cost of sectarian teaching on the rates, but the real grievance was to be found in the 'single-school' area where the only school was a church school and the children of nonconformists had to attend it. The hardship was particularly obvious in Wales, its most eloquent critic being Lloyd George, then a mere back bencher

[Taken from Ensor England 1870-1914 p 385-8]

'wounded fishermen at Hull' This refers to the Dogger Bank incident - see letter of 29 Oct [1904]

Biog: Charles Grey (brother)