Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

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Written from Liverpool. More discussion as to time and place of meeting as Mr Stansfeld has to be in the House [of Commons] 12.30 - 6pm as he has taken charge of Miss Jex-Blake's Bill and wants to come to the meeting.

Administrative / Biographical History

Friday [26 Feb 1875]

'Mr Stansfeld writes that he has to be in the House from 12.30 to six on Miss Jex Blake's Bill which he has taken charge of and must watch over'

'The legal question was ventilated in Parliament from 1875 onwards, Sophia Jex Blake, as the moving spirit behind the scenes constantly supplying facts, arguments, and even, at the request of Mr Cowper Temple a draft Bill ...'

In 1874 and 1875 Cowper-Temple's Enabling (DNB (Sophia Jex Blake)) Bill was defeated, but in 1876 another was introduced and became law

'he [Mr Stansfeld] wants to come to my meeting as he has followed all my Continental ideas'

This was a small informal gathering of those who had financed the journey in which she reported her experiences. It preceded the full meeting of the National Association. It took place 3 Mar 1875 at Euston Hotel (See 'Rough Record' 291, 3 Mar 1875). (For further details see 'Shield' 15 Mar 1875 p 85)

Biog: Mr Stansfeld; Miss Sophia Jex Blake; Mr Banks