Josephine Butler to (Mrs Tanner)

Scope and Content

Written from Bickley. Addressed to 'Dear Friend'. Says she will leave in her friend's hands 'to settle about the agents' work, Mrs Campbell and Mr Swan' She is consulting with the Rev CS Collingwood about getting speakers for the meeting in the North (see Note) and makes further suggestions to her friend. She thinks no Chairman would be more popular than Mr Spence Watson. Congratulates her on the LNA Report: 'it is a wonderful report of activity.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Date 'The Northern Counties have no regular agent. Besides the Bradford meeting on the 26th would absorb them.' Reference to the 'Bradford meeting on the 26th'. This was 'The Annual Meeting N.C. League at Bradford 26 Jan 1882' (RR 416) This would make the date of this letter c.11 Jan 1882. 'I am corresponding with Mr Collingwood (who appears to be taking the lead) about chairman, etc.' Rev CS Collingwood was a warm supporter of the movement, of Southwick Rectory, Sunderland, and Hon. Sec. of the North Euston Assoc. for the Repeal of the CD Acts. In this letter JB says she is consulting with him about getting speakers for the meeting in the north (i.e. at Newcastle). 'Ashton Dilks has gone to Egypt.' He was returned as a Liberal for Newcastle in 1880.He had TB and in 1882 went to Egypt, which he knew well, to try to restore his health but he died there 12 Mar 1883. A few months before his death, he resigned his Parliamentary seat at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Biog: Rev CS Collingwood; Mr Stevenson MP;Ashton Dilks; Mrs Campbell (Agent);Mr Swan (Agent); Mr Wastell; Mr Spence Watson; Mr Moorsom; Mr Birt; Miss Craigen; Dr Nevins