Mrs Elizabeth Andrew to 'My very dear friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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Written from Moor Hills, Dewsbury.

Staying at Dewsbury with Mrs Crawshaw, then going on to Halifax, Pontefract, York with Mrs Henry Richardson. More disputes with the BWTAs of both Sunderland and Newcastle neither of whom greatly desire their presence at this crucial time 'on account of Lady Henry's possible candidacy in May' They think Lady H's last letter though not a surprise was 'a dreadful letter, it makes us shrink with repugnance to such methods'. Says that Mr and Mrs Wilson and Mr Edmondson are also to give addresses tonight at Batley.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Thursday and Friday we are to be with Mrs Henry Richardson'

Mrs Richardson was an old and valued friend of JB and did a lot of work for the Cause in York and the district

'We will write you very soon about the leaflet ('Lowering the Standards')'

See note - letter of Mar 1 Mrs Andrew to Miss Forsaith

'Lady H's possible candidacy in May'

Notice in the 'Shield' of the BWTA meeting on 10 May 1898. That 'Lady Henry Somerset was re-elected President of the BWTA at the meeting'

'There was opposition ... and a considerable discussion took place, which is reported in the Woman's Signal' of 19 May'

The resolution re-electing Lady Henry was passed by 530 votes to 71. (The Shield Jun 1898, p 118)

Biog: Mrs Henry Richardson, Mrs K W Jones, Lady Henry Somerset, Mr and Mrs Watson, Mr Edmondson