Josephine Butler to her husband

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      GB 106 3JBL/07/36
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      GB 106 3246
  • Dates of Creation
      [15] Mar 1873
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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.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [15] 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