Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester (dictated). They are under Doctor's orders to leave home the next week [the Canon had never recovered from his illness following on a chill got on his return from Copenhagen in the autumn of 1888] 'there is little time to make all the arrangements for breaking up our home' [JB's last remark] 'We feel like leaving here never to return'

Administrative / Biographical History

'I agree with you that the meeting was a most interesting one'

This was the Annual Meeting of the LNA which met that year on 24 Jul at Exeter Hall, London.

Mrs Butler presided and there was a large attendance. She referred to the Centenary celebrations in Paris of the Declaration of the Rights of Man but from this woman was excluded (see letter of 19 Jul).

'The pressure of the Garrisons was a great addition'

The veteran anti-slave campaign of America had died in 1879, but his son William Lloyd Garrison (junior) followed in his father's footsteps and often visited England. He was a prominent advocate of woman suffrage.

(For a report of this meeting see Sentinel Sep 1889 p.103)

Biog: Garrison, William Lloyd (jnr)