Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Written from Newcastle.

Asking her to read the enclosed letter from Miss Lord to their two American friends and then send it on [the letter is enclosed]. She thinks it has 'a strange and spiteful tone'. She thinks Miss Lord is a great friend of Mrs Amos but does not know anything about her except that she is on the Federation Committee. Her son George is there with her and she will go on to Ewart on the Monday.

Enclosed is a typed copy of Miss Lord's letter. After complaining about Mrs Butler's continual harping on 'foreign doctors and their 'Conversion' and willingness to [perhaps come to a Congress' she says that for a younger woman like her 'the American field should look far more the field than what any number of European medical fossils may do, say and think' . If she can help let her know what their wishes are.

JB adds note to her letter to say that Andrews and Bushnell reply to Miss Lord and all other such cavillers by saying 'that they are missionaries of the LNA....and that being so they were only guests at the Committee of the Federation and not there to make a report or plan work'. JB's final comment 'I fear we have not at all seen the end of the 'Evil Spirit' which is at work in our own professed ranks'

Administrative / Biographical History

Envelope postmarked 5 Dec 1897 Newcastle

JB is staying at the Station Hotel, Newcastle, 'to finish some work before she goes to Ewart'

(See letter of 30 Nov 1897)

'Our two American ladies'

are of course Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew.

'to make my statement about next summer's Congress'

JB had already written from Switzerland about her plan for the next Congress (Jul 1898) to be held in London.

(See letter of 18 Oct 1897)

Biog: Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Miss Lord, Mrs Amos