Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

The subject of discussion between them is an article for the 'Shield' on Don Brigio Casuela, an ardent worker for their Cause in Italy, though 'he does not lead his meetings with the word 'abolition' yet, for that would mean a fight with the Government...but he is clear about our Abolitionist principles'. She cannot however write about him in person as he likes to call himself her disciple; so she will just tell her friend what she knows of his character and work and leave it to her judgement what she says.

Tells her that she has lately written to the 'Commission Administrative' (the central office of the Federation in Geneva') at their request, on that 'very difficult and disputed point', the compulsory examination of women [repealed in England in 1883]. Her friend might consider it a very opportune moment to publish it in full in the 'Shield'.

Administrative / Biographical History

4 Jan [1904]

'I wrote a long letter lately to the 'Commission administrative' ... I believe they like it'

See letter of 28 Nov 1903 in which she says she has been asked to write them something on 'the enforced examination of women'

Biog: Don Brizio Casuela, Leo XIII, M Henri Minod