Josephine Butler to 'dear friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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Photocopy of letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

At the moment they are having 'a real American Blizzard'. This as a danger to the old and weak drives her to do things she has long put off. First she wants three-dozen copies of the circular she encloses done for her. From Switzerland they urge her to write few words for next year's Jubilee [to be held at Neuchatel, Sep 1905] of their cause, and later she wants something looked up in the 'Shield'. As a Postscript notes that Japanese officers and men are begging for more and more of the Gospels sent out by the Bible Society in Japanese, to take with them in their kits. [Russo-Japanese War lasted from 8 Feb 1904 to 23 Aug 1905]

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [?27 Feb 1904]

'In Switzerland they urge me to write a few words for next year's Jubilee'

1905 was the 30th anniversary of the International Federation, and it was to meet to celebrate the occasion at Neuchatel. JB was not well enough to go in person but wrote giving her blessing and her views.

'... in Japan officers and men begging for more and more of the Gospels sent out by our Bible Society in Japanese, to take with them in their kits, to death'

This refers to the period of the Russo Japanese War, which lasted from 8 Feb 1904 to 23 Aug 1905. This also helps to date the letter as the War was well in progress when this letter was written