Charles Kingsley to Josephine Butler

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Photocopy of incomplete letter. In answer to her letter about the Contagious Diseases Acts. Living near Aldershot he is only too aware of the need of some control and the good the Acts have done. However he is ready to concede that women's opinion on these questions has great weight, and he is ready to remain silent about it until he has heard and thought more.

Administrative / Biographical History

[no address] [no date] [c.Jan 1870]

'I, of course, am living near to Aldershott, a witness to the fearful need of a certain Act of Parliament'

Charles Kingsley was from 1842-1875, curate and then rector of Eversly, Hants

Aldershot is also in Hants.

'Many thanks for your kind expressions about my art' - His best known works were written by 1866: Hypatia 1851; Westward Ho 1855; Hereward the Wake 1866; Water Babies 1863.

First reference to 'a certain Act of Parliament' The three Contagious Diseases Acts were passed in 1864, 1866 and 1869

The 1866 Act came into operation 30 Sep 1866 when the Act of 1864 expired and the 1869 Act added more towns to the list already laid down in the 1866 Act, making 18 stations in all. Aldershot was already in the 1864 Act.

Date of letter between 1864 and 1875 when he died.

Biog: Charles Kingsley (1819-18 75)