Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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Photocopy of letter. Written from Wimbledon (her son George's house). She is greatly interested in the Election campaign now in full swing.

Administrative / Biographical History


'The election of 1892' This resulted in the defeat of the Conservatives under Lord Salisbury and the return of the Liberals with Gladstone's 4th Cabinet formed Aug 1892.

'How I wish I had a vote' JB never misses an opportunity of emphasising the cause of woman suffrage. She always realises how essential it was that women should have a vote if they were to have equal status with men. Also that without the vote little attention was paid by a male House of Commons to their opposition to any measure.

'Mary Rea and George came home in grand spirits last night.' - Mary was a daughter of George Annett Grey of Milfield (1815-1886) who was a brother of JB. Mary, b.1856, married 1883 George Grey Rea. George was George Grey Butler, JB's eldest son with whom she (JB) went to live when her husband died in 1890. George married Mia (daughter of Sir Horace St. Paul) in 1893.

Biog: Mary Rea; Balfour, Arthur James; Mia St. Paul