Josephine Butler to [Mr HJ Wilson and Mr Edmondson]

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      GB 106 3JBL/06/10
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3187a
  • Dates of Creation
      [28 Sep 1872]
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Written from Liverpool. She speaks sadly of the apathy of the Midland towns especially Birmingham: 'I like them all personally, but none of them have the conviction that this cause is worthy of the sacrifice of their own lives.' She makes some suggestions but says she has no head for organisation and will leave it to them.

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Saturday [28 Sep 1872]

Saturday [date end of Sep possibly 28 Sep 1872 written soon after the one of 23 Sep]

'I had intended carefully to scratch out that bit of Martineau's letter in which he speaks of the want of the right man in Birmingham' - The lack of drive and enthusiasm in the Midland towns is the theme of several letters of JB round this period (see letters of 23 Sep and 6 Oct) also of Dr Martineau whose letter to her she refers to. [See also Dr Martineau's letter of HJ Wilson and Edmondson of 10 Oct]

Both she and Martineau are agreed that 'unless Providence sends us better men, nothing will be done in Birmingham' - Their solution was to make the Midland towns affiliated to the Northern Counties League, which would provide the driving force. 'Once set going, it might then go alone'

'Northern Counties League' - See note on letter of 24 Aug 1872 JB to HJ Wilson

'Municipal Elections' - Note on these to be found in letter of 13 Oct 1872 JB to Miss Priestman

Biog: RF Martineau; Mr Anniss; Rev Mr Brown; Dr C Bell Taylor; Mr Edmondson