Josephine Butler to her friends [the Miss Priestmans]

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/38/42
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4467
  • Dates of Creation
      12 Oct 1897
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from La Gordanne, Perroy [her sister's home]. No year [see letter of 24 Aug 1897 and postcard stamped 20 Oct 1897 from La Gordanne]

To say she is enclosing a Petition Form from Mr Stuart. Thinks they are a little difficult to understand but hopes her circular accompanying the forms will help. Asks what happened at Eastnor Castle [The residence of Lady Henry Somerset and therefore presumably where a meeting might be held.] and was it true that Resolutions were received from the BWTA (British Women's Temperance Association) Committee in favour of the State Regulation of Vice. Asks if they have received from Miss Forsaith a copy of JB's letter to the Purity Branch of the WWCTU meeting at Toronto. Mrs Andrew writes that 'Miss Willard will not oppose Lady Henry, and so thousands in that vast Society are misled'. She [JB] is leaving there the last week in Oct and travelling by stages to England.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Do tell me dears what happened at Eastnor Castle' Eastnor Castle was one of Lady Henry's properties.

'Have you received a copy of my letter to the Purity Branch of the WWCTU meeting at Toronto' This was a letter addressed to the members of the Purity Dept of the WWCTU written by JB from Switzerland 27 Sep 1897. In it she reiterated what was her guiding principle and aim in life: the Abolition all over the world of ... the State Regulation of sexual vice. Lady Henry had openly opposed this view till she knew the exact position of the rank and file of the WWCTU she could not remain in the office of Superintendent of the Purity Dept.

(The full text of her letter is given in the Shield Nov 1897 p 50).

Biog: Mrs Andrew, Miss Willard, Lady Henry Somerset