Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Asks for her friend's help in writing a handbill about Captain Vivian. Sends one she did for Scottish gentlemen. Mentions one she did on Mr Rathbone addressed to the electors of Liverpool from the LNA. It acknowledged his good qualities and then went on to say that 'he favoured legislation which deprived of jury trial, condemned on suspicion etc.' She feels so bitterly about Vivian that she is afraid to write a handbill about him.

Administrative / Biographical History

Christmas Day, [1873]

'overwhelmed with work just now'

JB was busy with handbills for the coming election. Parliament was dissolved on 24 Jan 1874 and in Feb a General Election was in full swing

Biog: Mr William Rathbone, Capt Vivian