Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Discusses possibility of getting more correspondents and developing the work generally in the northern counties. She thinks it needs starting afresh on a wholly new footing in Manchester where it has been overshadowed by Miss Becker. She would go there herself but is laid up with a severe attack and the only chance of recovery is to remain on her own house for several weeks. Discusses the work in Cumberland and Northumberland.

Administrative / Biographical History

'on the deputation to Bruce' - See note on MPs: a deputation of 150 wait on the Home Secretary, in circular letter May 1872 from JB to Branches

'Potter (Carlisle) voted against Jacob Bright's motion'

See note on 'Bright's motion' in letter of 26 Jul 1872 Mr W Rowntree to HJ Wilson

'my brother Dr Butler's 1st class at Harrow School'

This was Henry Montagu Butler who was Headmaster of Harrow School 1859-1885 and then in 1886 transferred as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

'when Stansfeld was so severely questioned at Halifax' - Until 1871 Stansfeld had not seriously studied the problem of the CD Acts, but in that year a strong deputation of Abolitionists among his constituents put the case against the Acts to him. He said he would keep an open mind until the Royal Commission had reported. (Report published 7 Jul 1871). His subsequent study of the question led him to become a wholehearted opponent of the Acts, so that in 1873 he voted for Fowler's Repeal Bill and before the election of 1874 he had become a definite supporter of Repeal. (For details of the questioning that took place between his constituents (notably Edward Crossley, HJ Wilson and J Edmondson) and himself see 'Life of Stansfeld' by JL and B Hammond, pp 182-8)

Biog: Dr Hooppell; Sir George Grey; Miss Lydia Becker; Mrs Hume-Rothery; Mrs Hinde Smith; Bentinck, Cavendish GAF (Whitehaven); Stansfeld; Lowther, William, Earl of Lonsdale; Percy Wymondham (West Cumberland); Ed Priestman; Hon C Howard (East Cumberland); Potter, Edmund (Carlisle); Henry Liddell (South Northumberland); Matthew White Ridley (North Northumberland); Mr Forster; Mr Kell