Extracts from letters written by Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

23pp Booklet. Written from Liverpool on her return home to Liverpool after a visit to Oxford as part of her campaign for Repeal, copied by Mrs Tanner and Headed 'Extracts. Liverpool 4 Nov. For date of year not given 1881 most probably, See Note. Josephine Butler gives a vivid picture of her interview which ranged from Professors and Ministers of Religion to working class supporters. She drew one blank: 'I called on Jowett but he was out'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Date The Butlers were at Liverpool till Nov 1882 when they moved to Winchester, the Rev George Butler having been appointed a Canon of Winchester Cathedral. The date of this therefore cannot be later than Nov 1881. This date is also fixed by the reference (p.3) to 'the blue-book (Hong Kong)'. This was published by HMSO in 1881 and was based on the Report of the Commission appointed by Governor Pope-Hennessey in 1877 to enquire into the workings of the CD Ordinance in Hong Kong. 'I left him 'The Constitution Violated' and my book on 'Govt. by Police'.' The first was published by JB in 1871. 'The object of the work is to show the unconstitutional nature of the enactments which we have resolved to repeal and it forms an admirable development of the arguments ably but briefly set forth in Prof. Amos's pamphlet entitled, 'The Policy of the Contagious Diseases Acts'.' (Review of this in 'The Shield', 4 Mar 1871, p.410) '... he [Rev Scott Holland] wrote to Arthur and said he would like to meet me again at Oriel; they are friends, but I could not see him again as I had others to see.' Arthur was JB's brother-in-law, a younger brother of her husband, George Butler. He was then at Oriel College as dean and tutor. Biog: Dr Legges (Prof. of Chinese); Rolleston (Prof. and Mrs); Mrs Rawlinson; Sir William Markby (Reader in Indian Law); Rev Henry Talbot of Keble; Rev Scott Holland (later Canon of St. Paul's); Mr Hocton of New College; The Max Müllers; Prof. Earle (Anglo-Saxon); Prof. Jowett