Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford

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Photocopy of letter. [Written from Liverpool]. She wishes to interest a few friends in a young Italian, Guiseppi Nathan, whom she was able to interest in their work while she was in Rome early in 1875. He became their Secretary at Rome, and now devoted himself exclusively to the work of fighting State regulation [see letters of 18 Mar 1875 and 12 Apr 1875] She thinks now it will not be possible 'to prosecute the Aldershot police with any success'. But they should continue to hold 'indignation meetings' everywhere. Poor little Jenny Percy is with us'

Administrative / Biographical History

20 Apr [1875]

Mrs Tod was a very old friend of JB's who was always ready to help JB in her special projects or in times of illness involving herself or family

Year supplied by mention of Percy Case at Aldershot reported in newspapers of Mar and Apr 1875

The Darlington Peases were Quakers who made their money in railway projects, and were, like so many other Quakers, involved in all the social reform movements of the time

'I do not think it will be possible to prosecute the Aldershot police with any success'

This refers to the Aldershot Case where Mrs Percy, an entertainer at the Aldershot Camp, was driven to suicide by the actions of the special police working under the CD Acts. (See letter of JB to Dr Carter 3 Apr 1875

'Poor little Jenny Percy is with us' - This was Mrs Percy's daughter aged 16 whom JB took into her own home

Biog: Mrs Ford; Guiseppi Nathan