Josephine Butler to James [Stuart]

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Florence.

Gives a brief resume of the political scene in Italy. The Italians generally are not very corrupt but the official classes are terribly so. Tommasi-Crudeli has written to her and will call on her directly when she gets to Rome. The general feeling about their cause in Italy was: 'dorma' (it sleeps). Notes that the one man whom everybody seems to trust and believe is King Humbert. She would like to have a statement of the situation in Italy printed in good Italian. It would of course cost something, and [Stuart] as Treasurer should know what plans she has in her head. She had also written a long and grave letter to Padre Agostino di Montefeltro 'that remarkable monk, the eloquent preacher, who has a great orphanage at Pisa', giving him a brief history from Napoleon 1 to Cavour. She gives him the figures of what she has spent and says that if the work should grow at all in Italy she might be driven to ask for a little more in Feb. Asks him to opinion of her printing scheme.

'If I cannot find a good Italian to translate for me. I dare say John Meuricoffre would do it'. This was the eldest son of Tell and Hatty Meuricoffre. He worked with his father, banking at Naples, and was married to Laura.

'Genoa Congress' held in Sep 1880.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: George Russell, Tommasi-Crudeli, King Humbert, Pope Leo XIII 1877-1903, Padre Agostino di Montefeltro, Miss Humbert, John Meuricoffre, Dr Comandi, Signor Zanini