Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Says that Miss Wolstenholme is compelled to retire from the Secretaryship of the Committee of the Vigilance Association on 12 Oct, but she feels that Miss W. should be released at once as her mind seems overwrought. Would Miss P be willing to take over the Secretaryship for a few weeks. The committee (Miss Becker, Miss March Phillipps, Mr Butler and JB) would all help as much as possible.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Vigilance Societies'

Before JB took up her work of anti-state regulation of vice she worked in Liverpool (where the Butlers went in 1866) for the outcasts of society and came into close touch with Rescue Societies. After 1860 she became deeply involved in her own Society, the LNA and the Central London Society, but always maintained her interest in the work of the Vigilance and Rescue Societies 'being so much in harmony with and helpful to our work'

Date: Discussion of Miss Wolstenholme's secretaryship of the Vigilance Soc appears in several letters of 1875. See JB to Mrs Wilson 7 Oct; JB to Mrs Fawcett, 8 Dec; JB to Mr Wilson 19 Dec.

Biog: Miss [Elmy,] Wolstenholme; Miss Estlin; Miss Becker; Miss March Phillipps; Mrs Jacob Bright; Mr Banks; Sir John Pakington; Mrs King