Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Written from Dover. Tuesday [13 Jul] No date but written just before / on the way to the International Federation Conference held at Brussels 15-17 Jul 1897 (Thurs-Sat).

Asks if the Office will send for her pamphlet ['The Constitutional Iniquity involved in all forms of the regulation of prostitution'] to the list of friends she encloses. She bemoans how often she has to cross the Channel, and there is at the moment such a rough sea. Asks her friend if Lady Henry Somerset's recantation comes about openly to send her the news to Brussels.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Send for me my pamphlet to the following people'

This was 'Truth before everything' 1897

For note on this see letter of 7 Aug 1897 JB to Miss Priestman. The list included: Mr Dymock; Mrs William Grey, Mme de Gingins; Mrs Mawson


'In 24 hours Lady H Somerset will recant'

Supposed to have been whispered to members of the BWTA at the meeting. Lady Henry's 'retraction' was not made till 8 Feb 1898.

Biog: Mr Dymock, Mr Levy (Personal Rights Journal), Mrs William Grey, Mme de Gingins, Mrs Terrell, The Bergners, Mrs Amos, Lady Henry Somerset, Lady Frederick Cavendish, Mrs Mawson