Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. They both like the idea of the League thanking every MP who has voted right. Thinks his analysis of the voting capital; makes a few suggestions for additions including some small facts of interest: e.g. 'all the Tory leaders except Dizzy voted against us.' Again stresses that she wants Bligh to be under his guidance. She is trying to wind up her affairs before her departure. Speaks of the appeal for help from American women of the New England States begging her to go over there and help them start a similar movement.

Administrative / Biographical History


'We both like the idea of the League thanking every MP who has voted right' - This refers to the 2nd reading Fowler's Repeal Bill 21 May 1873 (For history of Mr Fowler's efforts to introduce a Repeal Bill see note JB to Mr HJ Wilson Apr 1872)

'subjected districts' - Those where the CD Acts were in force

'Gladstone and his son' - This was William Henry Gladstone (Gladstone's eldest son) who was made a junior lord of the Treasury in his father's 1st ministry 1869-1874

'Transferring papers to Burgess' - Burgess had taken an office in Liverpool (See letter of 7 Apr 1873 JB to HJ Wilson)

Biog: Mr Fowler; Mr Henley; Lord Frederick Cavendish; E Cardwell (War Office); HCE Childers

CJ Goschen (Succ Childers Mch 1871); Knatchbull Hugesson; Mr Bligh; Mr Burgess; Mrs Paulina Davis of Rhode Island