Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Seems to her too late for any fresh letter to accompany the memorials [see note] and also unnecessary as 'Mr Stuart's reasons for opposing the Government proposals seem to me so simple and clear that a child could almost understand them. Tells of troubles at Brussels [see note] pre-Conference wrangles, which worried Mr Stuart and Henry J Wilson. Memorial attached.

Administrative / Biographical History

[?25 Jun] [1897]

Date: In this letter she says: Read the enclosed and return them to me at R Spence Watson's here.

In the dated letter of 7 Jun (JB to Mrs Watson) she outlines her plans: going to Scotland about 27 Jun and asks for a bed at the Watsons on 2 Jul (Friday).

This would date the letter sometime at the end of Jun.

'It seems to me too late for any fresh letter to be printed to accompany the memorials'

'A memorial signed by 61,437 women of the UK addressed to Lord George Hamilton, as representative of HM Govt was presented at the India Office on Friday 30 Jul'

(see 'Shield' Aug 1897 p 36)

'The Devil is raging now in Brussels'

The usual pre-Conference wrangles before the International Federation Conference held at Brussels 15-17 Jul 1897.

(For details of this Conference see the 'Shield' Aug 1897 p 37-9)

Biog: R Spence Watson