Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Geneva. Has sent her £10 to help her expenses of journey to London [to visit her little daughter, Josephine, very ill with spinal trouble, and staying in London under a specialist]. Says she has no time at the moment to write the story of the last fortnight [the case of an assault on 5 little girls in Geneva, in which the magistrate declared there was no case to go for trial. JB took up the case with her usual energy]. She has written a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette about it. She considers she has saved the Federation a £100. In the year and she wishes Mr Thomasson or someone would give her that sum.

Administrative / Biographical History

25 Jan [1891]

'I have no time yet to write the story of the last fortnight'

Early in 1891 JB went to Geneva from Serrieres (feeling a call to go there) and immediately became involved in a case of abduction and assault on 5 small girls lured to a house by a notorious libertine of Geneva. The parents lodged a complaint but no proof lay and the magistrate declared there was no case to go for trial. Single handed JB started a campaign, held meetings wrote to officials, and finished by writing to The Procureur Generale. It was all to no avail but it raised a stink. An account of it appears in the Dawn Apr 1891.

'Your journey to and from London'

Little Josephine had been attacked with a spinal complaint and had been taken to London to see a specialist and left there for specialist treatment. Hence the journey for the anxious mother.

Biog: Mme de Gingins; Burfoot; Mr Thomasson