Josephine Butler to 'Catty' [Stanley]

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/19/09
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5222
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Sep 1880
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Describes the opening of the Congress with an address by Count Arelio Saffi in which he made 'A beautiful allusion to his exile in Oxford, and to Papa's kindness to him.' George and Charlie are there and they all wish that Stanley was also with them.

Date: Wednesday [15 Sep 1880 Opening day of Federation Congress held at Genoa]

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Congress opened publicly today, about 500 present.' JB writes about the Congress in The Life of her husband as follows: 'Through the labours and genius of our gifted friend Giuseppe Nathan, the whole of the Liberal and Mazzinian Working Men's Associations of Italy had already given their adhesion to our cause. Thesa Thesius in Genoa was therefore very large and very striking. The Congress was held in the Hall of the Municipal Council and in the great Carlo Felice Theatre.' Her husband, Rev George, who joined her at Genoa, was appointed to represent the working men of England, whose Secretary had sent him an address from them to the Italian workmen. (Recollections of George Butler by Josephine E. Butler, p.336) The Congress opened Wednesday, 15 Sep 1880 - giving us the date of the letter. Biog: Count Arelio Saffi; Garibaldi.