Josephine Butler to her sons

Scope and Content

Manuscript copy of letter. Written from Hotel d' Italie, Rome. 23pp.

First she tells of her distinguished callers when she was at Florence including Count Arrivabene, a Senator, historian and writer. Now at Rome she finds the main hindrance to any good work is the political problems. Had several long talks with Senator Tommasi-Crudell about the prospects of the abolitionist cause. He represented the liberal side in politics. For the Church side she wrote to Pere Rousseau who called upon her. They discussed what possible action the Pope could take since he must never do a thing which is not sure to succeed. Also he frankly expressed his desire, and that of others, that she should become a Catholic. Suggested that she should have an interview with the Pope and that the Pope would ask her to take the Sacrament with him. Discussed with Senator Tommasi-Crudell and Ernest Nathan the possibility of drawing up a Bill to enforce the reform of Crispi (abolitionist) which had never really been implemented.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Count Arrivabene, Signore and Signora Villari, Crispi, Tommasi-Crudeli, Pere Rousseau, Lord Ripon (George FS Robinson), Storr Archbishop of Trebizonde, Cardinal Manning, Cardinal Vaughan