Josephine Butler to Mr Edmondson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Thanks him for encouraging remarks about the use 'New Abolitionists may be to their cause; she will hand it on to Mr Stuart 'who wrote the book'. She has been very ill with congestion of the lungs; another winter she will have to go abroad. They plan a private conference before the public meeting of the International Conference to be held in London in May 1876. One of the most important subjects for this private meeting with their foreign friends will be the European medical manifesto. Hopes Edmondson will be present. Asks him to pass on the sheet to RF Martineau, whose presence they also want.

Note: 'The New Abolitionists'. See Note letter of Feb 17. 'Our London meeting of the 19th will be very important, but ... we desire a private conference with regard to the future.' The public meetings of the 1st International Conference were on the 19th with advertised speakers. What Josephine Butler regarded as more important was the Committee meeting with specially invited external people to consider such important questions as the 'European medical manifestos', and she suggests the forenoon of Thursday the 18th. See Rough Record 319 18-19 May 1876 First Annual Conference of British and Continental Federation at Westminster Palace Hotel (For details see 'The Shield' 27 May p 165)

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Dr Carter; Dr Nevins; M Humbert; Mr Edmondson; Mr R F Martineau.