Josephine Butler to all friends interested in the work

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Typed copy of a letter. Written from Caux sur Territet, Montreux, Switzerland

'Friends in England have been following - as I have done - with the keenest interest the 'battle of Guernsey'. The promoters of Regulation have been discouraged. An account of the 'Projet de Loi for the State Regulation of Vice' in Guernsey is given in the 'Dawn', May 1895 p 9.

Concerning a young Armenian lady doctor who came to the Colmar Conference (Sep 1895) and has since dedicated herself to their work.

'Dr Agnes McLaren has worked marvellously since Sep. She has seen the Pope [Leo XIII] twice in Rome ...' Her aim was to obtain an authoritative word of approval for their Cause from the Pontiff to use in Catholic countries. She also interviewed all the doctors of Rome. (See also letters of Mar 1895 Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler, with a satisfactory reply from Cardinal Vaughan (quoted) to their appeal for support from the Pope.)

Finally two of their friends have been selected to the Grand Council of Geneva.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Projet de Loi for the State Regulation of Vice'

In order to understand how this can constitutionally be carried out it has to be borne in mind that:

'The constitution of powers of the 'States' are peculiar. 'Projets de Loi', when passed, require the Royal Assent before they become law, but 'Ordonnances' can be passed by the Crown Court ad lib, and have all the power of law, needing only to be renewed annually. Should the Court so determine the present 'projet' could be passed as an Ordonnance, and the Queen, Parliament and People be defined. The Ordonnance already authorised has been put in force, and the financial penalty exacted'

Biog: Dr Nevins, Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Dr Agnes McLaren, Dr Margaret Melins, Cardinal Rampollo, M Minod, Cardinal Bourret (Fren Bp), Tomassi Crudeli (Senator), Beglarian (Armenian), Miss Willard, M de Meuron, Prof Bridel