Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/06/32
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3105
  • Dates of Creation
      3 Dec 1832
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. 'Several persons who happen to have heard of the disgraceful conduct of those men at Pontefract to us have been convinced of the wickedness of the Acts.' She received £100 from the Countess de Noailles for Election work 'having heard how we were treated at Pontefract.'

Administrative / Biographical History

'The disgraceful conduct of those men at Pontefract to us' - Polling for the election at Pontefract was held 15 Aug 1872 and pre-election meetings were rowdy in the extreme. An account of this was given in the 'Shield' by an 'eye witness' (Joseph Edmondson). See 'Shield' 17 Aug 1872 p.1043. See also correspondence 8-15 Aug which deals with election issues

Result of the poll: Mr Childers = 658; Lord Pollington = 578; Majority =80 (Reduced from 233 in last election)

Biog:Countess de Noailles