The jury duly returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity. However, this is just what Lavender Guthrie had anticipated. I am simply very, very tired of things in general. The doctors, however, had not found Lavender suffering from any delusions that warranted restraint. Was she receiving money from men, as the Coroner suggested — or assumed? In which case it appears a rather generous letter.
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They were all doubtless of a transient nature and have vanished leaving no discernible trace. We had a long chat and she seemed quite cheerful.
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She was tall and slim, with a very fine forehead. At one time she had been a militant suffragette. If Laura Grey was in the Cafe Royal the night before she died, that fact was not mentioned at the inquest. Indeed there was a suggestion in the press that she may have taken the veronal on the Friday night and lain undiscovered all weekend until Mrs Spicer arrived on Monday morning. Her unassailable spirit thrust deliberately through the worst of life has shone splendidly for me and I wrote this poem which I send to you now..
But there were many others who were moved in a different direction. For this he laid the blame firmly on the leaders of the WSPU. All the newspapers were awash with letters about the case. And you will have no difficulty in guessing who these were. For their part, the WSPU put its own particular spin on the sad story, declaring that Laura Grey had long left their ranks and it was because she was no longer a suffragette that she had fallen in with the wrong sort of people. Why were the names of the men which whom she had associated — particularly the father of the child she was expecting — not publicised?
With the great change that British society was about to undergo, the birth of baby to yet another unmarried young woman might have felt of little less consequence in general, although doubtless still fraught in the particular. This strikes me as the saddest sentence in a long, sad letter. If Mrs Baillie Guthrie had wanted only grandchildren of which she could be proud, she was to be disappointed.
Kate had clipped it and neatly folded it and I doubt anybody else had looked at it until I opened it out last week.
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I have checked and, although she was in London at the time, Kate makes no mention of the case of Laura Grey in her diary — but it had obviously not gone unremarked. An Illustrated Historical Study.
So, the very hunger-strike medal that in was in the Jermyn Street room as poor Lavender Guthrie took her overdose of veronal, was taken away by the police and then held up to such contempt and ridicule by the Coroner, is, a century later, the prized and treasured possession of a dedicated collector of suffragette memorabilia. This entry was posted on July 30, , 4: You can follow any responses to this entry through RSS 2. You can leave a response , or trackback from your own site. Excellent piece of work — thank you. I was looking for material on Anna Wickham -second rate poet but interesting subject matter — and stumbled on this.
Many thanks for your comment. I am delighted that you found the piece interesting. I was married in San Francisco City Hall in as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were in —I figured if it was glamorous and gorgeous enough for them, it was good enough for me , and several of my favorite photos from my wedding day were taken on the same steps and in front of the same doors that appear repeatedly in the film. I was married on the first day of summer, and the week of the summer solstice has been designated Gay Pride Week in big cities across the country ever since world-changing riots were held by angry gay citizens in protest after the arrest of gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, We in the wedding party stood behind the line of police officers who were all dressed in riot gear all except police chief Frank Jordan, later the mayor of San Francisco, who wore his standard uniform , each of them looking grimly beyond his shield and baton at the loud but peaceful protesters outside.
We who stood behind them felt we were on the wrong side of the law, so to speak. I would have preferred to be standing in my purple wedding suit outside the building alongside the green-haired protester wearing the Butthole Surfers T-shirt, but we had to wait our turn inside the building to be called to marry. There was great pleasure in feeling solidarity with our LGBT sisters and brothers on a day when my then-husband and I celebrated our heterosexual union.
Since then, laws in nearly 20 states have changed to allow the legal marriage of homosexual couples, and every time another state takes a big step forward toward marriage equality, I think of Harvey Milk and the important place he had in the early days of the struggle that has brought us so much closer to true equality for people of all sexual orientations.
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