Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner and Miss Mary [Priestman]

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      GB 106 3JBL/30/20
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4196
  • Dates of Creation
      c.26 Apr 1891
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      1 item

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Written from Wimbledon (her son's house),. Grieved to hear of the continued illness of Miss Priestman. She missed them at their Federation business meeting and thinks if they had been there it would not have been so chilly an atmosphere. No one spoke a friendly word to her or asked a single question after she read the report. 'Perhaps it was only the East wind which caused this coldness'. However they will do all they can to have a friendly LNA meeting [see note]

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday [26 Apr 1891]

JB speaks of 'Our Federation business meeting' and complains that 'nothing was said' when she read them from the Report about 'The printed 'repeal bill' of Neuchatel which M Ruchonnet tells me is now a model for many other places'

This was the Annual Meeting of the British and Continental Federation held at Exeter Hall, 23 Apr 1891.


This gives date of letter as after Thursday 23 Apr, either Sunday 26th or following Sun 3 May.

In a letter from Amelie Humbert to Mrs Tanner 23 Feb 1891. She writes:

'You will rejoice with us in hearing that our little Canton of Neuchatel has just had its first great victory, after so many years of fighting. The abolition of the licensed houses of ill fame has been officially delayed in our Parliament'

The 'Sentinel' gives a report of the Federation meeting in Jun 1896 p.103 with Mrs Butler's 'account of the progress recently made in Switzerland'

'I will do what I can for the meeting'

This was the LNA meeting to be held on 29 May.

Biog: M Louis Ruchonnet; Miss Lucy Wilson; Mrs Thomas; Dr E Blackwell; Dr Kate Bushnell