Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. She finds that her speech (made at the LNA Meeting of 13 Feb) as printed in the 'Shield' is full of mistakes omissions that she wishes to have corrected. She has carefully gone over it and asks her friend, if she approves of it, to have it printed, but to let her see a proof. She would like to enclose a copy with every one of the new circular letters she is trying to draw up.

Administrative / Biographical History

Date Reference to 'the new circular letter' points to the year being 1883 (see letter of 28 Mar 1883 where she is very anxious for the circulars to come out soon). 2 Westminster Chambers was the address of the English Branch of the British Continental and General Federation. 'They put my speech with all its nonsense, mistakes and omissions into the 'Shield'. This would be her speech made at the annual meeting of the LNA held at St. James Hall, London, 13 Feb 1883, which ended with 'Up then and let us be doing ... I believe our victory is not far off if each does his utmost.' This LNA meeting was reported in the 'Shield' of 17 Feb 1883 p.29942. The first meeting, women only (LNA executive committee) was held at Exeter Hall, 12 Feb. JB was not able to attend owing to a family bereavement. The second meeting was a public one held in St. James' Hall, 13 Feb. JB attended and spoke, as also Hopwood, Stuart, Miss Tod, Gledstone and Caine.