Miss Mary Priestman to Josephine Butler

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/36/47
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5331
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Nov 1896
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter

She says she is writing because she wants to give Josephine Butler her impressions of the Meetings, which were 'strengthening and comforting by the proof they gave of the living power of our old party'. She says it is 'nothing but a foretaste of the Resurrection Day. There they were on every side, the old workers...the old faces all shining with the light of the principles of truth and justice that never die!... Never grow old!... In the middle of the platform a seat had been left empty, - whether on purpose or not I don't know; but to me there was on that seat a vision of you, and to others too I think.' She wishes now to tell her how they missed her and yet of the thankful hearts they brought back from Birmingham. 'It is evident that there is fire enough in the old workers to light new torches in future generations'.

'Birmingham meetings'

See note on these in letter dated 27 Oct 1896 from Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith.

'I and my sisters and Miss Bragg and Annie read us a beautiful letter ...'

'Life of your Father' was 'Memoir of John Grey of Dilston' by Josephine Butler published in 1874.

Administrative / Biographical History

The two Priestman sisters were Mary (Ann) and Anna Maria.

Their mother was Rachel Bragg.

Biog: Miss Mary Priestman, Earl of Moray, Mr Thomasson, Miss Bragg