An address delivered to a meeting by Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

In her handwriting, on the subject of the value to women of the Municipal Vote [It may be dated by referring to Lord Hartington, who succeeded to Mr Childers at the War Office in Dec 1882] She points out that in the subjected districts it is particularly important that women should use the municipal franchise to purify the governing bodies, and then they would not have Town Councils petitioning Parliament for the continuance of the CD Acts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Municipal Franchise For Note on this, see letter of JB to 'My Lord', 1 Jul 1869. 'The present Sec. for War Lord Hartington'. In Dec 1882 Lord Hartington succeeded Childers at the War Office. This gives approximate date of meeting. 'Then we should not have Town Councils petitioning Parliament for the continuance of the CD Acts'. [Also] 'for the extension of the system to their own districts'. Two outstanding examples of towns applying for extension of CD Acts to them were Newport, reported in the 'Shield' of 16 Nov 1872, p.1149, and Exeter, reported in the 'Shield' of 5 Oct 1878, p.250. Biog: Marquis of Hartington (son and heir of Duke of Devonshire)