Josephine Butler to [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Has worked hard sending letters to 5000 clergymen; she could do with two extra clerks; will cost £50. Discusses possible speakers for the Bath election. 'George has got some splendid letters from clergymen'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Mr Fothergill is in Scotland and has work cut out for him there for a month'

See letter of 10 Apr 1873 in which JB makes the suggestion that he should be sent to Scotland

'he [Ainge] ought if possible to help at the Bath election'

The Bath election was held 27 Jun 1873 Lord de Wilton was elected. Wilton (Con) 2194; Hayter (Lib) 2143; Cox (Rad) withdrew. (Rough Record 250)

'We must lay out money now before the 21st' - This may refer to work needed before the 2nd reading Fowler's Repeal Bill 21 May 1873. Bill thrown out; 128 for; 251 against, majority against 123. (Rough Record 242). (An account of the reaction to this is given in 'Memoir of Josephine Butler' Ed by GW and LA Johnson p 126)

Biog: Mr Fothergill (Agent); Mr Ainge; Joseph Edmondson