Josephine Butler to her friend Miss Priestman

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Written from [Wimbledon]. Tells her to do what she thinks most useful about her 'Dawn' article (a case of assault on children in Geneva and repudiation of the affair by the authorities)

Administrative / Biographical History

[8 Apr 1891] No date but reference to article in 'Dawn' dated Apr 1891]

'Please do whatever you think most useful about my 'Dawn' article'

This refers to the article in the 'Dawn' of Apr 1891 giving full details of the case of assault on four children of working class parents in Geneva, with the report of the 'Juge d'Instruction; who investigated the case, and then dismissed it on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

'I doubt if I caught the 'Dawn' itself out long enough before the General Election to do any good'

The next General Election was in 1892 when the Liberals were returned and Gladstone's 4th cabinet was formed in Aug.

JB's letter of 4 Feb 1891 written from Neuchatel, gives an account of the outrage and the storm of protest it roused in Geneva. JB was back to her old form and addressed meetings and organised committees. As she said: 'Never at any Congress have I worked so hard'


The date of this letter would be after the publication of the article in the Apr no of Dawn, c.8 Apr, 1891.

Arrowsmith: printer at Bristol. He printed JB's 'Recollections of George Butler' 1892. He was also used by the Society for printing pamphlets, etc.

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