Josephine Butler to Mrs Fawcett

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/44/20
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4632
  • Dates of Creation
      20 Jun [1900]
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      1 item

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Written from 5 Cautley Avenue, Clapham Common, SW, (Her sister, Mrs Thomas' home).

She has asked her publisher to send her a copy of her book on Native Races as soon as they are ready. A gentleman who is especially interested in the native question has offered to help her with the cost of publishing. Mrs Fawcett may not care for the whole of the book as she was obliged to take account of the fact that very few of her Federation friends are not strong pro-Boers and their continental allies are largely the same. Mrs Leonard Courtenay says the Boers 'only ask to be left alone - a modest request. Thieves and burglars ask only to be left alone'. Hopes to go to her son in Northumberland early next week.

Administrative / Biographical History

20 Jun [1900]

'My little book is finished' That was 'Native races and the war' published in 1900. This was a serious study of the question of the native races and their treatment under the Boers, and presented an attitude which few people in England and the Continent considered at all. Her strong belief based on evidence derived from Blue Books, Parliamentary papers, missionaries and travellers was that 'for the native races the only hope of freedom and civilised development lay in a British victory and the establishment of a government under British sovereign rule'

See also letter of 30 Oct 1901

'A gentleman who is especially interested in the native question has offered to help me with the cost of publishing'

This was John Bellous, printer and lexicographer. In 1900 he published 'the truth about the Transvaal War and the truth about War'. It was translated into French and German. It was a vindication of England over the S African War and as JB says in this letter 'it was much to the discomfiture of many Quakers' See note on John Bellous and his support of JB

Letter of 30 Oct 1901

'Mrs Leonard Courtney says the Boers 'only ask to be let alone' Mrs Leonard Courtney was a sister of Beatrice Webb, both members of the large Potter family of girls - Catharine (Kate) married Leonard Courtney in 1883. They were both bitter opponents of imperialism and therefore strongly opposed to the South African War

Biog: Mrs Fawcett, Mrs Leonard Courtney, John Bellous