Josephine Butler to the Priestmans

Scope and Content

Written from Cannes. First part deals with LNA business; then turns to Continental news. Finland is the latest country to produce a Projet de Loi, just like the rest. 'It seems as if the whole North of Europe were simmering with Projets de Loi for the renewed enslavement of women.' It all gives her a lot of work and writing is difficult because of her rheumatism. 'This sweet climate of Cannes' behaving badly. No sun for twelve days and snow'.


Administrative / Biographical History

No date but refers to her son George's wedding, which took place 19 Jan 1893 (see letter of 21 Dec 1892) which she will miss 'next Thursday' so date of letter 13 or 14 Jan 1893.

The part of the letter explaining what the signatures were for is missing, but in letter of 26 Mar we read: 'It is kind of the LNA to vote £20 for expenses of the address to Continental Women ... The Women of the Continent are all so thankful to have their convictions expressed thus and supported by such weighty names in England'

Further elucidation about this address is given in the 'Dawn' Mar 1893 p.11.

The address is given in full: 'LNA Jan 1893'

To our fellow women - members of the Abolitionist Federation and others, in the Northern Countries of Europe.

JB explains the reason for this action in her introduction to the address. She says: 'several 'Projets de Loi', or as we call then in England, Bills, have reached us from fellow workers in Norway and Denmark, with request that opinions should be expressed upon them ... It was agreed that an address of warning should be sent to all adherents of our Cause in those countries and in Finland to which one of the Bills applies'. She points out that while there are some good proposals in these Bills, since the compulsory examination of women is retained, 'everything in the nature of the regulation of vice is possible, and will follow'

Biog: Eva McLaren; Miss Whitehead; Mr Woollcott Brown; Dr E Blackwell; Mrs Chant; Mr Burfoot; Mr Tanner; M Minod