To the Editor
This matter evidently affords Mr. Colles much fun and amusement. I was not surprised to find that in his letter of last week he carefully avoided some of the statements he had previously made and which I contradicted in my first letter. Nor was I unprepared for the flippant and frivolous tone of his letter, because, as I had said, I did not believe that he took any interest in poor Jodrell’s case except so far as to advertise his “friend” Dr Allan. I was, however, a little surprised to find that after he had once made his appearance in public and made important statements and contradictions he should make an attempt to shelve the whole thing and smother the questions by requesting (privately) what I take to be nothing more or less than a testimonial as to character and previous good conduct, and I think that Mr. Vicar must have been surprised when he received those pleading communications. The case may be treated as a farce by Mr. Colles, but it is a very serious matter for the people of Whaley Bridge, for in cases of emergency one cannot be satisfied to have to send three of four miles for a doctor.
I joined this correspondence thinking that some good might come of it, but seeing that this is not likely and that it is fast becoming a mere contest in letter writing between Mr. Colles and Mr. A. Vicar,
I beg to withdraw from it. Before doing so I suggest that a public meeting be called, and a resolution submitted to the meeting that Mr. Egerton or Major Sidebottom, representing the district in the House of Commons, draw the attention of the Home Secretary to the case with a view to an amendment of the law.
The feeling of the meeting would at once indicate the true position of affairs, and would put an end to the unseemly correspondence now going on upon so painful a tragedy.
Thanking you, sir, for your courtesy on this occasion, and previously.
Joseph E. Butterworth
Throstledale, Whaley Bridge April 25th 1888.