Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' (Miss Priestman)

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Suggests a few additions to the Reports: 1) Notice of Mrs Clark's death (see Note); 2) Brief notice of LNA's part in the Convention (see note); 3) Mention of her being appointed by their Committee to give evidence before the Parliamentary Committee (see note).

Dated: Saturday [11 Nov 1882]

Administrative / Biographical History

'Mrs Fowler consents to preside at our annual meeting'. This was probably the wife of William Fowler MP who was responsible for introducing Repeal Bills in the House of Commons from 1870 to 1874. The first suggested date for the Annual Meeting was some time after the New Year (see letter of 30 Oct [1882] JB to Mrs Tanner). But in the letter of 20 Nov [1882] from JB to [Miss Priestman] after attending a Committee meeting of the Friends' Association concerning the Convention, she came to the conclusion that this meeting must not be too soon after that, and suggested early in Feb. 'a notice of poor Mrs Clark's death'. This was the wife of Frederick Clark of Newcastle, both being strong supporters of the Northern Counties League. 'a brief notice of the LNA's part in the Convention'. This referred to the great Convention the Society of Friends was organising for Jan 1883 at which the subject of Abolition was to be considered and corporate prayer offered for the success of the campaign. Date The Butlers moved to Winchester first week in Nov, so that the Saturday of this letter could not be earlier than the 11th, as by the 4th they would hardly be settled in. 'That I was appointed by our Committee to give evidence before the Parliamentary Committee'. See Note: JB to Mrs Tanner, 30 Oct [1882]. Biog: Mrs Fowler ; Mrs Clark; Mlle Céllerier of Geneva.