Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/50/15
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5484
  • Dates of Creation
      [30 Sep 1905]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

She has had a line from Mary Priestman who went to Neuchatel after all accompanied by her sister. The meetings had gone well; Miss Forsaith's paper had been read and many beautiful speeches made. When the report comes out in the 'Shield' she would like six copies sent to her. She had a bad fall in her room four days ago and still feels shaky. She talks of Mr Stuart, his great merits, and some of his failings. Her son Stanley says of him that 'he lives in too great a rush, and loses sight of great issues.' His speech as President of the Conference was 'really written in my room' and he referred to it as 'My speech', but till this past week 'Mr Stuart had never mentioned my name in all his past speeches abroad.'

She is very troubled at the moment by ' the complete ruin of my beloved sister Meuricoffre's whole family through the awful and criminal action of a Bank Manager'. She will write more fully another time. Has she read in the papers the story of Mr Stead in Russia? How he interviewed the Czar and got leave to go about and 'educate the Russian people'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [30 Sep 1905]

'I have had a line from Mary Priestman who went to Neuchatel after all'

This refers to the Jubilee Conference of the Federation held at Neuchatel 26-29 Sep 1905

JB had hoped that Miss Forsaith would have been able to go

Biog: The Miss Priestmans; Miss Ackroyd; Mrs Terrell; Mr WT Stead; Mr James Stuart