Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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      GB 106 3JBL/37/31
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      GB 106 4432
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      21 May 1897
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Written from [Ewart Park, Wooler, Northumberland].

To say again that she feels it to be very necessary to get up a large Women's Memorial re India and that the LNA should take the initiative in this and decide the wording and not the London Committee. If Miss Forsaith and her secretaries will help. She herself will not act alone, and will write a strong appeal to the North Country 'from myself independently of all committees'. Then let each local Committee concentrate on sending out petitions for memorials 'we want every limb now to be vivified'. A further point: she must try to show 'how these Indian Despatches... which Governments now offer us, all come under our Indictment'; and she must try to prepare such an Indictment popularly put. She would be grateful therefore for a legal book by Sheldon Amos to be sent her and for a few prominent names and addresses of sympathisers in cities of the North. She is writing to the Bishop of Southwell and Lord Reay, both old friends. Reference to Lady Henry Somerset and to Miss Balgarnie whom she hopes will come to their side.

Administrative / Biographical History

See letter of 22 May headed 'Ewart'

'When I read the Lords' Debate'

14 and 17 May 1897 attention was called to the presence of contagious diseases in Her Majesty's Army, especially in India and to move 'that in view of the report of the Departmental Committee of the India Office of 20 Feb 1897, it is, in the opinion of this House urgently necessary that an enquiry be made into the effect of such diseases upon the forces of the Crown ... and into the nature and results of the measures which are to have been in force in this and other countries for the prevention of such diseases'

(The speeches of the Lords on the question so raised are given in the 'Shield' Jun 1897 pp 19-24)

(See also note to letter of 18 May)

'At our LNA annual meeting'

This was held this year on 9 Jul at St Martin's Town Hall with Mrs Josephine Butler in the Chair.

(For full details of speakers and speeches see the Shield Jul 1897, pp 25-7)

JB asks Miss Forsaith to send her the 'big book' written by Sheldon Amos a splendid lawyer's indictment.

This was probably:

*'Laws for the Regulation of Vice' by Sheldon Amos. In this he describes in exact legal terms the effect of the new system on the liberty of the subject. It was written soon after the passing of the CD Acts 1864-1869.

As has been remarked 'The history of the CD Acts is the history of an attempt to substitute Continental methods for the principles of English Law'

(JL and B Hammond James Stansfeld p 119)

*The full title is:

'A comparative survey of the laws in force for the prohibition, regulation and licensing of vice in England and other countries' 1877

Biog: Miss Browne, Miss Goff, Mrs Amos, Sheldon Amos, Lady Henry Somerset, Miss Balgarnie, Bp of Southwell (Dr Ridding), Lord Reay