Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

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Written from Hotel Gibbon, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.

Details of her illness [a malignant form of malaria in Rome. Her friends in Rome engaged two nurses to look after her in the hotel, her son George was summoned and her sister from Naples. She slowly recovered and was gradually moved to her sister's house at Naples]. One consolation to her was that Charles was, though so ill, in the same home, 'instead of far away in his African hut, ill, unattended and perhaps dying'. The expenses of her illness have been heavy but the extreme kindness of her friends has taken this burden off her; she wishes she could adequately express her gratitude. She is glad that numbers 4 and 5 of her journal letters have turned up in Mr Stuart's desk where they had lain for nearly three months. Speaks of the good work done by her sister in Naples and she hopes to record a little of it in the 'Dawn'. She left Naples last Sunday and has since been slowly travelling northward. Much of the weakness still left and it was a great relief to meet Amelie Humbert at Milan. Henry Minod has arranged for all her friends to come to Lausanne and meet her for a discussion on the following Monday. '... a letter from Miss Forsaith telling me of a Deputation planned to Mr Fowler'. In 1872 and 1873 Mr W Fowler MP was in charge of the Repeal Bill in the Commons. 'The work done by her [Mme Meuricoffre] and her people in Naples is the most real 'Social Purity' I have seen in Italy and I hope to record a little of it in the 'Dawn'. This was done in the 'Dawn' of May 1894, p 5. It ended with: 'The British Consul in his annual report this year to the Board of Trade, pays a high tribute to the influence of the Sailors' Rest and the work done in connection with it'

Administrative / Biographical History

'21 May 1873 2nd Reading Fowler's Repeal Bill thrown out'

('Rough Record' 242)

'7 Jan 1881 Repeal Bill introduced by Mr Stansfeld, Backed by William Fowler'

(Rough Record 392)

'13 Feb 1882 Repeal Bill introduced by Mr Stansfeld, Backed by William Fowler'

('Rough Record' 418)

Fowler was MP for Cambridge 1868-1874 and 1880-1885.

Biog: Amelie Humbert, M Minod, Mr William Clark, Mr and Mrs Thomasson, William Fowler, Mrs Smyttan,