Josephine Butler to [Miss Priestman]

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/22/35
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4000
  • Dates of Creation
      12 May 1883
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from [Winchester]. She herself is not a bit well, but 'how exciting the times are', with the debate in the House of Lords on Repeal and the questions in the House of Commons [See Note]. Mrs Joyce, a new friend and convert to the Cause, may call on her friends in Bristol as she wants to start a Hospital in Winchester on the model of Miss Duck's Hospital in Bristol.

Administrative / Biographical History

Statement dated 11 May [1883] issued by JB from Winchester dealing with Lord Hartington's propositions. Letter on the back of this from JB to [Miss Priestman] dated 12 May. Both give expression to JB's suspicions that in spite of the victory of 20 Apr when Stansfeld's motion against 'The compulsory examination of women under the CD Acts was carried in the House' that there were those in the Government who wished to retain or re-introduce under disguise some of the objectionable features of these Acts. 'The debate in the House of Lords on Repeal' RR447 [letter of 12th] was on 10 May. (Reprinted in the 'Shield' of 19 May, p.165.) Biog: Lord Hartington; Sir William Vernon Harcourt; Mrs Joyce; Miss Duck.