Josephine Butler to her friends [the Miss Priestmans]

Scope and Content

No address. Monday. No date but refers to preparations for Congress starting 12 Jul 1898.

She is anxious that 'place should be given among their speakers to some of the very distinguished foreign ladies who are here and are willing to speak' Cites especially Mlle Pappritz, President of the Abolitionist Women's branch founded in Berlin which is only four months old; there is also the President of that world wide Society 'Les amies de la jeune fille' Mlle. Vidart. She would like a copy of the Resolutions and speakers written large as her sight is bad. Dr Agnes McLaren who is in London should tell them of 'the encouraging message which Cardinal Rampolla has written from the Pope to the Belgian branch of the Abolitionists.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Agnes McLaren is here - ought she not to tell us of the encouraging message which Cardinal Rampolla has written from the Pope ...'

This was accomplished through the joint work of Dr Agnes McLaren and Cardinal Rampolla - he advised her on the proper procedure of getting an audience with the Pope. Finally after her 2nd audience with the Pope 'he pronounced his full 'approbation' of our cause and work'

See letters of JB to 'Dear Friends' 14 Dec 1895 and JB to Rhoda 24 Jan 1895

Biog: Fraulein Pappritz, Mme Tschanna, Mlle Vidart, Mme Picesynska, Dr Agnes McLaren, Cardinal Rampolla, Pope Leo XIII (1878-93)