Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/32/62
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5272
  • Dates of Creation
      27 Dec 1893
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Hotel d'Italie, Rome.

'... what it is Mr Stansfeld has heard from G Russell to make him feel the great urgency of the case'.

She is doing what she can but is hampered by colds and coughs and many disappointments. She has asked Mr Stuart to send a second reporting letter to the Office and she would be grateful if her friend would have it copied. Further directions about circulation of letters is given.

'prospect of a change of government'. ladstone's 4th Cabinet, formed Aug 1892, was succeeded by Lord Rosebery's Cabinet in Mar 1894. The Liberals did not go out of office until Jun 1895 when Lord Salisbury took over followed by a general election in Jul when the new government obtained a majority of 152 over the opposition.

Administrative / Biographical History

GWE Russell, the Under Secretary of the Indian Office, was Chairman of the Small Department Committee set up to consider the evidence of the two American ladies and others about the brothels set up in cantonments contrary to the Act of 1886. Russell was a friend of the Butlers. (See also letter dated 4 Jan 1894 Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith) and dated 17 Apr 1893 and 24 Aug 1893).

Biog: G Russell, Mr James Stansfeld, Mrs Tanner, Miss Priestman, Miss Willard, Lady Henry, Miss Whitehead