Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. She will come to Bristol if they can arrange the meeting for the 29th. She has great difficulty in leaving home at the moment so would like to arrange three consecutive meetings and then fly home. Also emphasizes that she does not aim at a great mass meeting; she is not nearly so strong as she was last year and often loses her voice. In a smaller room she could give a thoughtful lecture rather than 'a popular speech such as one makes to a vast crowd'. [see 'Shield' 8 Feb 1873 pp 44-6]

Administrative / Biographical History

Meetings arranged at Bristol, Swansea and Newport and Cardiff for the end of Jan. They are reported in the 'Shield' 8 Feb 1873, pp 44-6. The meeting at Bristol took the form of a lecture as she had suggested, the title of the address being 'A higher standard of morality'. The meeting at Swansea was interrupted by rowdies and the ladies left the room, but at JB's suggestion they had a special meeting for the ladies next morning. At Newport, Professor Stuart addressed the audience as well as JB. There were no interruptions

Biog: Miss Estlin; Mr Fothergill (agent)