Josephine Butler to her friend Miss Priestman

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Written from Cautley Avenue, Clapham Common [home of sister, Mrs Thomas].

Relates that Mr Stuart before leaving on a yachting tour with Mr Coleman paid her back the whole £20. For her pamphlet. She is going to stay with Stanley and Rhoda at Melrose and she is returning on the 21st for Charlie's wedding [he married Margaret Talbot] 'Dear little Maggie is collecting all her things. 'She has no mother so I want to help her' Mr Stuart has given her a very clear sketch of the Parliamentary situation and she has to write a brief circular to go to all the LNA and other women about what to do about petitioning and why. So will they wait to send anything out till she has time to draw up this circular.

Administrative / Biographical History

'a yachting tour with Mr Colman'

That was Mr Russell Colman, (his) James Stuart's wife's brother, head of the Norwich mustard firm.

'Mr Stuart kindly paid me back the whole £20 for my pamphlet'

This was the pamphlet 'Truth before everything'. (See note letter of 7 Aug)

'You will have received our official reply to Lady Henry Somerset'

This was printed in the Shield of Aug 1897 p 33 under the heading 'Reply to Lady Henry Somerset'. It first points out that the six propositions of Lady Henry's scheme were reproduced in the Shield for May (p 7) with a strong adverse comment.

'I return about the 21st for Charlie's wedding'

This was celebrated on 31 Aug.

Biog: Mr Russell Colman, Mr Stuart, Lady Henry Somerset, Charles and Margaret Talbot