Josephine Butler to 'Beloved Friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

Writing about an article obviously sent to her for approval and suggests that she study her audience, and gives as an example of adapting your words to your audience, her own addresses she gave in Paris years ago. These were addressed to 'those dangerous Revolutionaries of the Faubourg St Antoine and others. In such cases I could not preach Christ...but I spoke to them of their sorrows and wrongs, and showed them what human sympathy means, and they were won. On the same analogy her friend's address will not be given 'to an audience of sympathetic Christians...therefore...it would be wise to keep...[to] the great field of Christian Ethics which will be understood by all or nearly all.' She prays that her friend may be strengthened to go to Neuchatel.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I seemed to change the character of your article a good deal'

Miss Forsaith had been going to represent JB at the Jubilee Congress held at Neuchatel Sep 1905 and there had been some correspondence between them on the subject matter of the papers she was to read at the Congress

(See letters of 3 Jan, 28 Mar, Apr [?], 7 Jun 1905

Biog: Mr Allan