Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith and friends

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/35/18
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4855
  • Dates of Creation
      7 Apr 1896
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      1 item

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Letter 7 of 8 The Geneva Struggle

Typed copy

Letter begun at Geneva finished at Lausanne

Emphasises that they 'have been gaining true adherents every day since 22 Mar [the day of their defeat] ... Among them are several Professors of the University'. Explains that one reason why their party lost was because it cut across the political parties of the State of Geneva and 'Party politics rule at Geneva'. She is also encouraged by new support among the doctors and students and by the successful meeting of ladies addressed by Amelie Humbert. But the chief rejoicing is over 'the awakening of the good men of Geneva...[by] this great thunder peal of the 22nd.'

She also describes a visit she paid in company with Mme Ruchonnet (whose husband had been a great friend of M. Favre) but the visit accomplished nothing. The crowning word, however, was spoken by 'our dear friend her [Amelie's] father [M. Aime Humbert]: 'Ce n'est pas une defaite. C'est le germe de la victoire'.

Administrative / Biographical History

WL Garrison: William Lloyd Garrison (1805-79) was the well-known American anti-slavery leader who often visited England and was a friend of Josephine Butler.

Biog: M. Albert Thomas, Amélie Humbert and her father Favon, Mme. Ruchonnet, B. de Watteville, W.L. Garrison, Mme. de Gingins, Lady Henry Somerset