Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends' [the Miss Priestmans]

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/42/41
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4594
  • Dates of Creation
      22 Apr [1899]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

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Written from Ewart Park, Wooler, Northumberland.

About Ladies National Association annual meeting. She would like a meeting for women only to whom she could give a farewell charge, a call to guard the great principles of justice and equality. The latest news which disquiets her is that 'A Petition is being signed quietly to Lord Salisbury got up by doctors and clergymen chiefly to ask for the re-establishment of the CD Acts in England, and is being signed by ladies ignorant of the subject' . There is also some disappointment about the White Slave Traffic Conference, which Regulationist Governments are supporting by sending their delegates to it. She has warned Mr Wilson and Mr Stuart. 'We are in times of conflict'

Administrative / Biographical History

This letter is for a large part a repetition of the letter (same date) addressed to Miss Forsaith, and deals with her desire to have a meeting for women only for the LNA annual meeting and the uncompromising views of Frau Bieber Böhm. It also repeats what she said about her distrust of the Regulationists attending the White Slave Traffic Conference in the letters 11 Apr, JB to Miss Forsaith; 18 Apr, JB to Miss Forsaith.

'A Petition is being signed quietly to Lord Salisbury got up by doctors and clergymen chiefly, to ask for the re-establishment of the CD Acts in England'

Lord Salisbury was then Prime Minister in his Third Cabinet, which lasted from 1895 to 1902.

In the 'Shield' of Jul 1899, p 41 is given 'an extract from apparently a circular letter'. It is dated 19 Jun 1899.'

In the letter the Memorialists say: 'Our Memorial has been presented to Lord Salisbury who was most kind and sympathetic'

The Government said they were waiting on the Report of the International Medical Congress at Brussels in Sep (see letter of 22 Apr 1899, JB to Miss Forsaith)

The British Committee on learning of this Memorial sent out (Jul 1899) a circular letter to most of the signatories of the Memorial. (This is given in the Shield; see above.)

Biog: Frau Bieber Böhm, Mme Cauer, Lord Salisbury, Mr Coote