Josephine Butler to 'Dearly loved Friends' [Miss Forsaith etc]

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Photocopy of a letter [Part of letter appears to be missing]. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland].

Her prayers go with them for their house selling and then for direction as to where to go. At the moment public events are worrying her and she fears that trouble awaits Parliament and nation. There is now authentic proof that London has become the headquarters of active anarchists and of Bomb manufactures, because they are able to carry on their activities without interference (they do not intend attacking our Royal people). She learnt much of their views from the anarchists she met in Switzerland.

She is still worried about Mr Stuart [see letter of 7 Jun 1906] 'To me he seems only to be dwelling on Abolitionist scares and the position of the London Police towards prostitution.' As to her gifts of political acumen, Stansfeld once said to a meeting of friends, that I was a 'Statesman in possession of real statesmanlike insight and acumen, more than most people he knew.'

Her opinion of Babel, the Socialist leader in the German Reichstag: 'Bebel is no anarchist...he is at heart a good man while in prison we wrote a beautiful book, 'La femme', full of sympathy for women'. Praises Miss Ackroyd's last Pentecostal letter and hopes she may see her long wished for Welsh Revival in Scotland.

The last letter from Charles in British Columbia speaks of his health trials and shortness of means for his farming but begs her to continue to give him 'news of the Kingdom of God'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday Evening 10 Jun [1906]

Biog: James Stuart; Mr & Mrs Booth Clibborn; FA Bebel