Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/25/33
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4081
  • Dates of Creation
      10 Jul 1886
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester (dictated). Thanks her for gathering all the notes of the Congress; the information will be of special use to her for her future correspondence with foreign friends. Points out the different approach of Continental countries to the conception of liberty and they think when the English speak of liberty them mean that the traffic connected with houses of ill fame should be allowed to go on.

Administrative / Biographical History

10 Jul 1886. '... to thank you for gathering all the notes of the Congress and giving us so much information which I had not need until your letter came.' This refers to the International Conference of The Federation held that year in London 28 Jun-2 Jul. The Canon was unable to go because of his illness (rheumatic fever and heart). See letter of 15 Jun when all at his home were very worried about his health. In 'Recollections of George Butler' by JB p 423 is an excerpt from a letter sent to the Canon by his old friend 'William Shaen' - 'Dear Friend, you were much missed and much wanted at our Congress, which is just over, in London. (See p 423). JB attended the Conference. Biog: M Felix Bovet; Mme Meuricoffre (sister); Charles B (son).