Blanche Leppington to Henry Wilson

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Written from Brockenhurst, Hampshire

She suggests a different policy to combat venereal diseases in the Army: leave the Contagious Diseases Acts on one side and in their place use the methods of the public school: 'athletics, intelligent pursuits, the fostering of self respect, esprit de corps, the point of honour'. As one Indian Commissioner said in 1888: 'what the soldiers needed was more wholesome occupations'. Drop the wrong to women and instead emphasise the 'degradation of the soldier himself'.