Josephine Butler to Mr Saul Solomon

Scope and Content

Copy letter. Written from Liverpool to SS in Cape Town. Detailing the various printed papers they are sending out to him.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The last Report of the LNA in which I call your special attention to the speech of Prof. Stuart with the information it contains about the Paris Municipal Council.' The Municipal Council of Paris influenced by the criticisms of its liberal members, among whom the most eminent was Yves de Guyot, took the lead in demanding action against the special police of the Police des Moeurs. In 1876 a Commission was established to enquire into the whole system run by the Police des Moeurs, and experienced people from other countries were invited to give evidence (from England - Stansfeld, Stuart and the Butlers). The final Report concerning the Police des Moeurs was written by Guyot and was read to the Conference in London (International Conference of the Federation, 20-22 Jun 1881) by M de Bouteiller, delegate from the Municipal Council of Paris. 'You no doubt see the 'Daily News' of London in which you will see in last Monday's issue a leading article about the case of Elizabeth Burley ...'This was a history of persecution by the special police of a girl of nineteen who to avoid their attentions ran from them and jumped in the Granville Dock. She was rescued and charged with attempting to commit suicide. Following on this a question was asked in the House and the whole affair was published not only in the local press (the Dover Standard of 19 Mar) but also in the Daily News. (See the Shield 2 Apr 1881, p.69, and 14 May 1881, pp.95-7 for full details.)

Biog: Mr Saul Solomon; Dr Nevins; Mr W Shaen; ME de Laveleye.