Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends'

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Written from Naples (paper headed with 'Naples Sailors' Rest with printed invitation to meet Josephine Butler on 22 Mar 1894).

Says she has been able to do a little there in the interest of the Cause. Glad to be with her dear sister and her husband. 'I am still very weak and ache all over'. This was the aftermath of the severe illness suffered in Rome (described in her letter of 7 Apr to Mrs Tanner and 'other friends'). 'I would stay longer did I not wish to rejoin my dear Charles ... who is now in Switzerland. He will accompany me to England ... in Apr' (See letters of 2 Dec 1893 and 9 Jan 1894 about Charles planning to come over from Portuguese East Africa during the rainy season). 'I am disappointed to learn that only 2 out of 6 letters which I wrote to my sons about my work in Rome even reached you and other friends'. 'However I hope to bring out a 'Dawn' soon, and in that to give some general sketch of my intercourse with Deputies, etc.' An issue of 'Dawn' came out in May 1894 with an account of the work done by Hatty Meuricoffre (Josephine Butler's sister) and her helpers at the Sailors' Rest, also about the political situation in Italy with reference to State Regulation and the people involved in the campaign. (See Josephine Butler's letters written from Italy dated 12, 13, 23 Dec 1893). Letters later found by Mr Stuart in his desk where they had lain nearly 3 months (see letter of 7 Apr 1893).

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