Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' (Miss Priestman)

Scope and Content

Letter incomplete, no end sheet. Advises that Mrs Campbell and Miss Craigen should at once be called upon 'to work up Bristol to a white heat'. Liverpool she thinks, is such a vast field that it requires more time. Discusses the 'Preparation of Papers' by women from the Convention and makes suggestions: Miss Tod, Mrs Ross, Sarah Hill etc. She is specially interested in the suggestion of 'small hospitals for women' which Mrs Ross would like to speak on.

Dated; Wednesday [22 Nov 1882. See Note]

Administrative / Biographical History

Date The Friends' Committee of the Convention indicates that this letter like that of 20 Nov [1882] has to do with organising for the big Convention planned by the Friends Association for 24 and 25 Jan 1883. (See Note on this Convention in letter of 10 Nov and others round that date.) 'Mrs Campbell and Miss Craigen to work up Bristol ... Liverpool requires more time'. This is all connected with the Conference held at Birmingham 7 Nov 1882 which aimed at a special effort on the part of all members of Repeal Societies to push their aims to a final conclusion. (See Resolutions passed at this Conference.) 'Preparation of papers for the Convention'. This was to arrange for the ablest women speakers; they had first to present a paper on a given subject and then others to speak on it by arrangement. Biog: Mrs Campbell; Miss Craigen; Mrs Lucas; Sarah Hill; Miss I. Todd; Mrs Ross; Miss Duck.