Josephine Butler to 'My dearest Friends'

Scope and Content

Written from Neuchatel. Giving an account of some weeks passed recently at Geneva where 'without doubt, the most sustained and severe conflict I have ever had in all the past 20 years with the powers of evil'. Several small girls had been lured into a house and assaulted by a notorious libertine but the Procureur General declared there was no case to go to trial. Josephine Butler took up the case with fervour and though she had no success with the legal machine she roused the city and a group was formed to work hard for the reform of the Penal Code to meet such cases as those.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I will endeavour to give it [the account of the outrage on the children in Geneva with dismissal of the case] in full in the next 'Dawn' [i.e. Apr 1891] together with its deep and vital lessons'

A full account was given in the 'Dawn' of Apr 1891. Later in the letter she says: 'The Press notices were meagre'

See also letters of 25 Jan and 3 Feb.

Biog: Mme de Gingins; M Minod; M de Meuron; M Victor Lombard; Mr and Mrs Thompson of Bridgwater; Mr J Dymock