Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/17/05
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3896
  • Dates of Creation
      18 Oct 1878
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Written in another hand [dicatated?] She finds the action of the Exeter Town Council very disheartening in extending their system in this way. She will try to write something 'of a searching and stirring nature'. Wishes they could take warning from the news of the suffering of the people in \Paris under the system. Very busy at the moment preparing for Dublin which leaves her little time for writing anything for the Exeter women Householders.

Administrative / Biographical History

'It is very disheartening about the Exeter Town Council.' This was the wish expressed by the Exeter Town Council to extend the system of control (CD Acts) to Exeter. (See Shield 5 Oct p.250; Nov 30 1878 p.281; 14 Dec p.289) 3 entries in RR dealing with Exeter: 25 Sep no.352 Exeter Town Council decide to adopt CD Acts. 18 Dec no.355 Public meeting at Exeter condemn Town Council. 18 Dec no.356 Deputation to Exeter Town Council against Extension. 8 Jan 1870 no.360 Government replies to Exeter that they have no intention to extend CD Acts. Compare a similar happening in Newport in the autumn of 1872. Reported in the 'Shield' 16 Nov 1872 p.1149. See also a letter from Miss Mary Priestman to Mrs Wilson (11 Feb 1873) in which she talks of the work of Mr Knot and other Agents sent to Newport the autumn before to rouse public opinion especially before the Municipal Elections.

'I have so much to prepare for Dublin'

The annual meeting of the LNA took place in Dublin this year. 31 Oct - private meeting of the Committee; Nov 1 the Public Conference Women only with Mr Stansfeld; JB; James Stuart, Dr Ewing Whittle; etc. (Full account of this in the Shield 16 Nov 1878 p.274-80)