Josephine Butler to [Ladies' National Association Members]

Scope and Content

Addressed to 'Dear Friends'. She explains that her Continental friends are urging her to take some action: 'I am not very well and have been confined to my room for five days but am doing all I can. If copies of the Protest can be sent to her friends in other countries they will follow it with protests from women of their own countries.' The 'Protest' was part of the Campaign begun before the International Congress at Geneva in Sep 1877. At the Congress the President for the Hygienic Section brought forward proposals not for abolition of Regulations but for a new set of rules [See circular letter signed by Josephine Butler and James Stuart, 15 Aug 1877 sent to those attending the Congress]. 'Ladies' National Association protest against Bruce's Bill in 1872.' See Note JB to Mrs Wilson early Mar 1872. 13 Feb 1872 Bill introduced in House by Mr Bruce (Home Secretary). 15 Jul 1872 Mr Bruce's Bill withdrawn. 'The circular would only go to friends in the 4 countries.' This probably refers to 'Extracts from letters received from Mrs Butler and circulated at the request of the Executive Committee of the Ladies' National Association.' See these letters (not complete) of 11-13 Dec 1877 and 3 Jan 1878 (fragment).

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Mr Thomasson; Mr Monod; Mr Tamm (of Sweden); Mme Klerek; Ida Weilhaven of Norway; Mr Burfoot.