Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Fragment of letter - last page missing. Written from Winchester. As in her letter of 28 Apr she is 'not at all satisfied with either Mme. Venturi's Manifesto, nor my correction of it'. She also does not like it that a meeting of men called by Mr Stansfeld to meet him in London to consult on what they shall accept or reject, has not proposed consulting them as an Association of women, before taking a decision. Refers to 'a curious letter from Windsor' she has received 'which shows that there is a dread in high places of repeal [and urges] the greatest amount of compulsion [over women] in hospitals, prisons [etc.]' She suggests a committee meeting after Whitsun [see note] and a meeting for praise and Conference on 23 May.

Administrative / Biographical History

[c.1 May 1883] Date: his letter is near in date to the one of Saturday [28 Apr] both dealing with Mme Venturi's 1st draft of a Manifesto and JB's corrections. Say 1 May. I think we must ... have a very full committee as soon as possible after the Whitsuntide recess.' Easter in 1883 was on 25 Mar & Whit therefore 13 May which would give a date later in May for the Committee. 'The meeting in praise and Conference' which she suggested holding 23 May was actually held 22 May at 2 pm (see letter of 23 May). 'Letters of congratulation pour in from the continent.' This was after the resolution moved by Mr Stansfeld in the House 20 Apr, 1883 condemning the compulsory examination of women under the CD Acts was carried. Biog: Mme Venturi; Mr Stansfeld; Miss Lucy Wilson; Mr Scatcherd; Mrs Jacob Bright; Mr Humbert.