Josephine Butler to Mrs Clark

Scope and Content

Written from 29 Tooting Bec Road [Balham]. Letter dictated and incomplete

Deals with the dangers and complications, which might arise from an alliance with the American Temperance Women. 'I am invited ... to address 200 to 300 American ladies during their great picnic in Grindelwald in the end of June'

(For earlier relations of a sympathetic nature with the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union and its leaders, Miss Willard and Lady Henry Somerset see letters dated 2 Jun 1893 and 6 Nov 1893 with notes.

For further comments on the Grindelwald 'picnic' see letter dated 11 Jul 1895.)

But Lady Henry and Miss Willard are beginning to learn a little of the impossibility of working all these 'women' questions together, especially on the Continent.

'I am much grieved to hear what you say of your sister Mary Bright Currie'

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Helen Clark (wife of William S Clark of Street) and Mary Bright Currie were both daughters of Job Bright (1811-89) who married Elizabeth Priestman eldest daughter of Jonathan Priestman of Newcastle on Tyne.

Biog: Mr Lunn, Lady Henry Somerset, Miss Willard, Mrs Helen Clark, Mrs Mary Bright Currie