Josephine Butler to Miss M Priestman

Scope and Content

Thanks her for her letter about Dilston (Josephine's home from the age of seven till she married). She read it aloud to her son and his wife who were so pleased. Also thanks her and Mrs Clark for their great goodness about Mr Minod's (Secretary to the Federation in Geneva) affairs. Trying now to arrange about the Sep Conference; single handed for a time but at last has got a Committee together [Conference at Stockholm Sep 1890]

Administrative / Biographical History

Friday [25 Jul 1890]

'I have had a dreadful business about our Sep Conference, ... Berne wants us not go there, and we are in correspondence with other places'

This letter must pre-date the letter of Aug 4 when the place of the Conference was fixed for Stockholm. c.25 Jul 1890, which was a Friday.

'for the beautiful letter about Dilston'

Josephine's home from the age of 7, when they moved from Millfield, was Dilston, Northumberland, where she remained till her marriage.

'Thank you also and your cousin Mrs Clark ...'

Mrs Helen Clark, wife of William S Clark, of Street was a daughter of John Bright who married (his 1st wife) Elizabeth Priestman sister of the two Miss Priestmans Mary and Anna to whom JB addressed so many of her letters.

Biog: Mrs Helen Clark (of Street); M Minod