Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford

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Written from Liverpool. She would love to stay with her for a night or two but she had promised her friend 'Theodosia' to stay with her for a few days at Westwood [on outskirts of Leeds]. Says how the work of her office has enormously increased, and she has no regular clerk to leave behind her. She might be able to come to her for a couple of days after Christmas. Her husband and one boy will be going to Harrow [Rev. George's brother, Montagu Butler (1833-1918) was Head Master of Harrow (1859-1885) before he went as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1885]

She finds it 'most cheering to see our agitation making such progress as it is making now'. [This refers to the Protests, Demands etc. aroused by the Majority Report of the Royal Commission to look into the working of the CD Acts published 7 Jul 1871]

[year probably 1872 as in letter JB refers to 'the small beginnings 3 years ago' and this meant undoubtedly the founding of the Ladies National Association (for Abolition) which publicly made itself known by the Manifesto it published on 31 Dec 1869 in the 'Daily News'

Administrative / Biographical History

'We had promised to stay a few days at Westwood' - This is just outside Leeds the home of 'Theodosia' (Miss Marshall). It was at Westwood that JB and the boys stayed in 1870 while the Rev George visited his mother (see letter of Spring 1870 Rev George to his wife). For others of this family see under James Marshall and his sister Mrs Myers

'The small beginnings 3 years ago' - This must refer to the founding of the Ladies National Association which publicly made itself known by the Manifesto it published on 31 Dec 1869 in the 'Daily News'

'I don't think the Tories have sense enough to make political capital of our question' - Gladstone's first cabinet was in office from Dec 1868 till 1874 when Disraeli formed his 2nd Cabinet in Feb of that year

Biog: Mrs Ford; Theodosia Marshall; George Butler (son)