Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Suggests Miss Priestman and her sister, Mary, should come up on the 12th [Thursday] to meet her in London for a formal Committee; otherwise she fears 'Miss Bewicke and her friends will make arrangements for co-operation with the Federation independently of us'. She has 'a lot of notes from out Swiss Meetings to consult over'.

Administrative / Biographical History

[Friday] 6 Apr [1883] This was written after Hopwood's motion was crowded out on 27 Feb and before the motion was finally carried in 20 Apr (see Note to letter of 22 Mar) 'This is the notice which came to me. ... The LNA itself ought to have a meeting for praise.' 'Mary' was one of the Priestman sisters, devoted friends of JB. 'I have a lot of notes from our Swiss Meetings to consult over.' This refers to the International Conference of the Federation held at Neuchâtel 19 Sep 1882. The Miss Priestmans and Mrs Tanner attended. (For details of this Conference see the 'Shield' 14 Oct 1882 p.183) (See letter of 30 Aug 1882. Sophie Humbert to Mrs Tanner) Biog: Miss Bewicke.