Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson

Scope and Content

Thanks her for her sympathy. As to the matter of Mr Wilson's writing to Mundells she would have him point out the horror which Sheffield has of the reintroduction of the Acts in Part I of the Bill. 'I and my ladies will not in any way countenance Bruce's Bill'.

Administrative / Biographical History

No date but written not long after the introduction of Bruce's Bill.

'Bruce's Bill' - Mr HA Bruce, Home Secretary in Gladstone's government from Dec 1868 to Aug 1873 was the Minister who would normally bring in the Bill to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission of 1871. Finally on 13 Feb 1872 he brought in a Bill proposing the abolition of the CD Acts, with provisions for better protection of young girls, but substituted other regulations, which still permitted the police to arrest women on suspicion. Furthermore it was to extend over the whole country instead of applying only to special areas

JB opposed it absolutely but many Abolitionists supported it

Finally Gladstone withdrew the Bill 15 Jul

For further details of Bruce's Bill see 'Josephine Butler' by E Moberly Bell pp 97-9

Biog: HJ Wilson; Mr Mundella; Mr Stansfeld