Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner, Miss Priestman etc.

Scope and Content

Written from Hotel Gibbon, Lausanne.

'... I thought we should have a public meeting (in that bright clean hall where we had our Ladies' National Association meeting last year, Regent's Hall is it not?'. 'Dr Getz of Norway has published his wretched Project of Law'. This was an alliance between the Germans and Scandinavians resulting in a law embodying compulsory examination of women. She only hopes that the Bill about the compulsory treatment of women in India will have made some progress before their Conference. She is grateful to M. Minod's watchfulness for otherwise 'this little Berlin plot' would not have been known to them. Tells of her visit to their dear old friend M. Humbert at Neuchatel. 'a law resembling 'Bruce's Bill' embodying compulsory examination of women is being prepared as a German-Scandinavian scheme'

For note on 'Bruce's Bill' see letter, early Mar 1872 Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson.

'Our Conference'

was the Federation Conference held in London on 12-13 Jul 1894. (For details of the Conference see 'Sentinel' Aug p 164).

'I do hope we shall have made progress about that Bill [about compulsory treatment of women in India] before our Conference in Jul. It seems at a standstill'

Also one copy of this letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

According to the 'Dawn' the annual meeting of the Ladies' National Association for the year 1893 was held at St Martin's Hall, Charing Cross.

See letter dated 13 Jan 1893 in which Josephine Butler explains the danger of these 'Projects', for while there are some good proposals in these Bills, since the compulsory examination of women is retained 'everything in the nature of the regulation of vice is possible and will follow'

'8 Feb 1895 India, Act No V of 1895 to amend the Cantonment Act 1889 received the Assent of the Viceroy. The Act prohibited all examination, Registration etc.'

('Rough Record' 703)

Biog: Miss Forsaith, Dr Getz, Mr Tamm, Mr Westerberg, M Minod, Mr Pierson, Mme Klezck, M Humbert