Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson

Scope and Content

She says she has had an attack of congestion of the brain, which will disable her from mental work for a while. 'Stanley's recovery is slow but we hope to go somewhere next week for a change'. While away on the Continent for nearly three months she heard nothing of the Cause. Has decided against coming to the League meeting but she must try to be present at the Annual Meeting of the Ladies National Association [22 Oct]. Longing to be well again and 'in the midst of the battle'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday.

* Annual Meeting of the Ladies National Association held at Birmingham 22 Oct 1873 ('Shield' 8 Nov p 363) (Rough Record 255)

* First Annual Meeting Northern Counties League held at Darlington 23 Oct 1873 ('Shield' 1 Nov p 354) (Rough Record 256)

* 'Mr Wilson at Bath'

This was the 2nd election on 8 Oct, the 1st held on 27 Jun. The 3 candidates were Mr Forsyth (Con), Col Hayter (Lib) and Mr Thompson (Rad) and were visited by Mr Wilson and Mr Fothergill (Agent of the LNA) to ascertain their views about the Acts. Mr Forsyth supported them, Col Hayter took a party view, Mr Thompson for unconditional repeal. Col Hayter came top of the poll ('Shield' 4 Oct 1873 p 322)

'League Meeting'

Held 23 Oct at Darlington. See note to letter dated 15 Sep 1873