Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson

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Written from Eversley, Bedford Hill, Balham (Mrs de Selincourt's home)

As soon as she got back the night before [from the LNA meeting of 3 Jul] she remembered she had forgotten to speak of Mrs Powell, for she is now sending a letter of sympathy to be signed by Mrs Tanner and herself. She feels Mrs W at all times a great support to their Cause.

Administrative / Biographical History

4 Jul [1899]

'As soon as I got back last night, I felt such remorse that I had not after all spoken of Mrs Powell'

This refers to the Annual Meeting of the LNA held on the evening of 3 Jul, which JB addressed. She regrets not speaking about the widowed Mrs Aaron Powell. Mr Aaron Powell of New York, a Quaker, was the last of the most active anti-slavery workers. He first took up the work of anti state regulation on the occasion of the visit in 1876 of HJ Wilson and Rev Gledstone to the USA. Mr Powell died in May 1899 while addressing a meeting of Quakers

Tributes to him and his work are to be found in 'Storm Bell', Jul 1899 p 200 and the Shield Jun 1899

Biog: Mr Aaron Powell, Mlle Deraismes, Mrs Hughes