Josephine Butler to 'Catty' [her son Stanley]

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/09/15
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5216
  • Dates of Creation
      24 Jan [1875]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Paris. Describes 'our daily business and battle here' as 'very tiring'. Jules Simon's [he was Minister of Public Works] favourable reception of her has made the police less interfering with her activities. Recently attended a large drawing room meeting at the house of M. Henri Mallet, a millionaire. She did not mince her words in her speech and said that they would never succeed in their aims unless they totally abolished the police. She afterward discovered that Mettetal, who had succeeded Le Cour as Head of the Police des Moeurs, was there the whole time. 'Papa is invited to dine at the British Embassy on Friday (Lord Lyons) so he will stay till Saturday morning'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Jules Simon's action'

Simon was Minister of Public Works. JB called on him with a letter of introduction from Favre. He said that he could not in his public position do anything active on her behalf but he could introduce her to politicians who might help her. Among such was Edmond de Pressense who in turn introduced her to Theodore Monod, Yves Guyot and Le Caze all of whom became warm supporters of her Crusade. It was evidently enough for the police that she had not been unfavourably received by a Minister of State

'Mettetal'

Predecessor of Le Cour as Head of the 'Police des Moeurs' and was in office for 10 years

'Aunt Fanny' is JB's sister, Mrs Smyttan

Lord Lyons was our ambassador at Paris 1867-1887

Biog: Jules Simon; Mettetal; Lord Lyons; Mrs Smyttan (Aunt Fanny); Edmond de Pressense