F Balgarnie to Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

Two letters.

First was written at County Council conference Monday night [31 May] 1897. She said that she had just heard that the Executive Committee of the BWTA [British Women's Temperance Association] had passed a strong resolution against Contagious Diseases without any allusion to Lady Henry's action. The writer suggests two alternative courses and asks her to wire her approval of one or 2.

Second written from BWTA Council Buildings 1 Jun [Tuesday]. [Lady Henry Somerset speaking as President of the British Branch of the WWCTU [World Women's declared in favour of Regulation] This was written at the meeting and by the time it was sent off the Contagious Diseases had not been brought up though 'The Shield and Mr Stuart's letter is in all the news'. Note by JB at the top of the letter 'This is curious. May God guide!'

Letters sent to Miss Forsaith by JB from Wooler.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The report of the Duxhurst home was received' (and deservedly so in the main with loud applause)

Duxhurst was a farm colony near Reigate for inebriate women founded in 1895 by Lady Henry.

'I! What a different tone, the democratic, independent WLF meetings'

WLF = Women's Liberal Federation which had annual Council Meetings.

'CD comes on first thing to morrow'

This was at the annual meeting of the BWTU held that year on 2 Jun at Westminster Chapel.

Biog: F Balgarnie, Lady Henry Somerset, Lord Roberts, Mrs Amos, Mrs Eva McLaren