Written from Berwick. Staying with the Mayor an old gentleman who used to know her father; had an excellent meeting at the Town Hall the night before; has not met with any opposition during her week's work. Has consented to speak in the Town Hall at Alnwick next Monday evening. Hopes to be home on Tuesday.
Josephine Butler to her husband
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Saturday  Mar 1873
'I shall be glad of the quiet and rest of Sunday at Milfield' - This was the original home of the Grey family. JB's father John Grey was born at Milfield, his father's estate in Glendale, close to Flodden Field; and when he married in 1815 he settled down at Milfield. His family of 3 sons and 7 daughters were born there and it was not till JB was 7 that the family moved to Dilston
'I think the Government will all go in again in a week or so. It looks a little like a trick (the whole thing) to recover popularity'
On the night of 11-12 Mar the Bill (Irish University Bill to create a University for Irish Roman Catholics) was defeated on 2nd reading. Gladstone resigned but Disraeli refused to take over and 'after a week's crisis the Gladstone cabinet fearing to risk a dissolution had to resume its tasks in the same parliament'
The dissolution was finally announced 24 Jan 1874 followed by a general election and the return of the conservatives to power. (From Ensor England 1870-1914 pp 24-5)
Repeal tour in the north - Programme for the week: Mon 10 Mar - Sunderland; Sat 15 Mar - Berwick; Sun 16 Mar - Milfield; Mon 17 Mar - Alnwick; return same night to Newcastle or York; Tues hopes to return home
Biog: Sir Walter Trevelyan