Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Deals with further arrangements for the coming Congress. Health of husband causing anxiety; he must be persuaded to give up all idea of attending the Congress and to go for six weeks or so to Homburg or Baden for the baths. Defeat of Home Rule Bill (Jun 6) a bad blow [see note]. Electioneering will mean 'we shall lose all our Parliamentary friends at the Congress.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Tuesday [8 Jun 1886] 'We are so grieved at the defeat of the Home Rule Bill.' On Apr 8 the bill was introduced by Gladstone in a 3 1/2 hour speech. It was then debated in the House 1 am on 8 Jun 1886 the 2nd reading was defeated in a full house by 343 votes to 313. Gladstone dissolved Parliament. An election was held and Salisbury returned with a composite majority of 118 - Govt formed Aug 1886. (From Ensor England 1870-1914 pp 97-9) Biog:Mr Lynn; Mr Patrick Watson.