Josephine Butler [to unknown]

Scope and Content

Wishes to point out to all friends throughout the country that the Indian Repeal movement demands immediate and continued action on their part in order to influence the Government and strengthen the hands of their supporters in Parliament. Mr Stansfeld and their other supporters have explained that there are three alternative Bills on their way home from India and that nothing can be done till they arrive. JB feels that these Bills, considering their source will not satisfy the Repealers throughout the country. Therefore she advocates action: that memorials should be poured in (beginning at once) from all parts, all urging the necessity of penal legislation against the outrage practised on women. No compromise to be accepted on this point.

Administrative / Biographical History

'the Government' 'Pour in memorials to the Prime Minister, Lord Kimberley and others' The Liberal Party were in office 1892-1895. Gladstone's fourth cabinet was formed Aug 1892.

Lord Rosebery's cabinet was formed Mar 1894 and lasted till the Liberals went out of office in Jun 1895.

Lord Salisbury came in and the General Election followed in Jul. Secretary for India 1892-1894 was Lord Kimberley.

Biog: (Lord Kimberley) Wodehouse, John, 1st earl of Kimberley