Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Suggests it would be a good thing to have a meeting at Swansea as well as Cardiff. She points out that both Mr Fothergill and Mr Knox would be at liberty soon to go to both [see note]. Comments on the 40th clause of the Mutiny Act, which exempts every soldier in HM.'s service from liability for the maintenance of his wife and children. (see note)

Administrative / Biographical History

'Mr Fothergill will be at liberty soon to go to both [Swansea and Cardiff]. Please get Mr Knox to go to the meetings' - Both Mr Fothergill and Mr Knox had been sent to Newport to deal with the situation arising from the threatened extension of the CD Acts to that town in Oct 1872. (See letter of JB to Miss Priestman late Oct 1872 and note. Also letter from Miss Mary Priestman to Mrs Wilson 11 Feb 1873 describing the work of both these men)

'You are right about the 40th clause of the Mutiny'

For note on this see letter of JB to HJ Wilson 23 Aug 1872. Also Mr Stuart's letter in 'The Shield' on the Mutiny Bill. (The Shield 20 Apr 1872 p.908)

Biog: Mr Fothergill (Agent); Mr Knox (Agent)