Josephine Butler to Mrs Fawcett

Scope and Content

Dealt with the case of Mrs Elmy. Josephine Butler wants to make it clear that it was she who induced Mrs Elmy to decline nomination as Secretary to the Vigilance Association but she said nothing so that Mrs Elmy should take full credit of the initiative and voluntarily proposed it. Now Josephine Butler is forced to speak out because it is being reported that she is making every effort to put Mrs Elmy into some prominent position. Such talk would not worry her but she fears damage to the Cause by the destruction of the confidence between herself and her fellow workers. About Married Women's Property Act and the Committee, she declines all responsibility and that Mr and Mrs Elmy say they wish to live out of sight at Congleton and cease to be spoken of. Dated 8 Dec no year but on the same subject as letter to Mr Wilson for JB dated Dec 1875.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Elmy (nee Wolstenholme) who was instrumental in getting the Women's Property Act passed. She was however 'persona non grata' having offended the conventions of the period, hence the desire of the leading feminists to eliminate her from their committees.