Princess Victoria (1840-1901) eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. She married Frederick, Crown Prince of Prussia, on 25 Jan 1858. Frederick succeeded his father as Emperor in 1888, but died after 3 months
Biog: Princess Victoria
Windsor Castle, 7 Dec 1868
'It is to wise and experienced men that I look for the answer to men like Mr Mill ... who have all lent their talents and their eloquence to throw light upon the problem [of education for women]' - JS Mill was MP for Westminster 1865-68. He had already written several books on the questions of the day but it was not till 1869 that his best known book 'The subjection of women' was published.
M de Laveleye among the list of men supporting the cause of education of women. A Belgian Professor, economist and President of the Belgian Association for the abolition of the Police des Moeurs. Both he and his wife were friends of the Butlers.
'The subject of your letter [i.e. education of women] is one of deep interest to me' - See letters of [1 Aug 1866] JB to Edith [Leupold] and Apr 1869 JB to Mme Troubnikoff on a similar theme
See notes on both these letters
1 Aug 1866 details of German royal family
Apr 1869 notes on work for education in Germany by the Crown Princess and progress in England with the setting up of the North of England Council for the Higher Education of Women
'It is to wise and experienced men that I look for the answer; to men like ... M Jules Simon' - Minister of Public Works. He and his wife friendly to JB on her 1st Continental trip to Paris in connection with her work 1874/5
'Ladies College I look upon as a necessity' -In 1868 no universities in England or Germany were open to women. In 1878 London University opened all its degrees to women with the exception of medicine
In 1878 2 colleges for women started in Cambridge - Newnham and Girton. In 1879 2 colleges for women opened in Oxford - Lady Margaret Hall and Somerville.
Biog: Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia (1840-1901); (Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa - Empress Consort of Frederick Emperor of Germany. Daughter of Queen Victoria and Princess Royal of Great Britain); J S Mill; M Emile de Lavaleye; M Jules Simon; Florence Nightingale