Josephine Butler to [unknown]

Scope and Content

Typed letter with manuscript note by JB on reverse of last page. Written from (The Office), 17 Tothill St, Westminster.

'This letter is personal and addressed only to a certain number of kind friends who have been my fellow-workers in the past.' Since compelled to give up the editing of the 'Storm Bell' she has had very little intercourse with her fellow workers, so she has decided to dictate a letter to Mrs Richardson for her and others of her friends. Tells of her visit to her sister Mrs Meuricoffre in Aug and Sep 1900; they parted in joyful expectation of her coming to England in the Spring. Then at Dover she received the telegram from her daughter Thekla to say 'Mother has passed away'. Before succumbing to her illness she had collected a number of her sister's letters and her family begged her to make some memorial to their mother from the correspondence.

The book is nearly completed and will be published under the title 'In Memoriam, Harriet Meuricoffre' by Josephine Butler.

She begs her friends to keep up the International Bond among all the workers; her friends on the Continent pray that they may never be forsaken by or lose the support of England. The International Federation's Conference is to be held this year at Lyons and she hopes that as many English as possible will go; she is also appealing to the Swiss and Germans to send as many delegates as possible. Speaks of South Africa and what a blessing the establishment of Soldiers' Homes there might have been. Also reports of improvement in India though they have not yet succeeded in repealing the vice regulations there. On the back of the last typewritten sheet a short note written by JB to say she is not allowed to write: 'that sweet blue cat just suits my morning cup of tea.'

Administrative / Biographical History

'In Memoriam: Harriet Meuricoffre.' For note on this book see letter of 12 Oct 1900

'Our Federation is to have its Annual Conference in Lyons in May' This took place 29 May- 2 Jun 1901 in Lyons

Biog: Mrs Richardson of York