Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/28/16
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4168
  • Dates of Creation
      19 Jul 1889
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Written from Winchester (dictated) on headed paper 'Abolition of State Regulation of Vice in India and the Colonies'. Relates that when passing through Neuchatel last May she had some long conversation with M. Aime Humbert; among other things they discussed whether something could not be made out of the Centenary celebrations of the 'Declaration of the Rights of Man' by announcing as loudly as they can that the 'rights of man' have never been extended equally to women. This protest will be in the form of M. Humbert's 'Declaration of the Rights of the Human Being', embracing justice to women. She has charged herself with the task of collecting a small sum to start the publication and printing is now going on. Perhaps later it may be translated into English.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mme de Morsiers Congress

This was described by Mrs McLaren when speaking at the Annual Meeting of the LNA Jul 24 1889.

It was 'The International Congress of Women' held in Paris Jul 1889 under Govt Sanction and Mme de Morsier was the leading spirit of that Congress. She had expressed her strong feelings on the question of the exclusion of women from The 'Declaration of the Rights of Man' and wanted a resolution passed on this question. At the end of the Conference a resolution deploring that women were excluded from the Declaration of the Rights of Man was moved and seconded and was carried. 'Though it was not so strong as some would have liked, it was an immense step forward for the French'.

(See Sentinel Sep 1889, p.103)

'The excitement of this great Paris centenary'

re the Centenary of the 'Declaration of the Rights of Man' which marked the opening of the French Revolution 1789. This famous declaration was to be amended by M Humbert in his forthcoming book: 'Declaration of the Rights of the Human Being' embracing justice to women, since the 'rights of man' 'have never been equally extended to women'.

Biog: M Aime Humbert, Mme de Morsier, Prof Emile de Laveleye, Dr Charles Secietan, M Ferdinand Buisson, M Fallot of Paris, M Bajer of Denmark