Commander in Chief Roberts to Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Written from Snowden, Simla, India. He apologises for having addressed her as 'Miss Butler', but only found our his mistake when he was discussing with the Bishop of Lahore the subject of her correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

'It was only yesterday that I was told by the Bishop of Lahore with whom I was discussing the subject of our correspondence that you were married ... your name is very familiar to me ...' 1886 saw a great triumph for the Abolitionists with the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act but in 1888 it gradually became known in England that the military authorities in India were paying little or no attention to the repeal. In other words the CD Acts remarried in force in India if the military authorities so ordained. JB was foremost among those who urged action see letters: 27 Feb 1888, JB to the Miss Priestmans. 28 Feb JB to Mr Johnson; 16 Mar JB to LNA; 12 May JB to Miss Priestman; 2 Jun JB to Miss Priestman and Mrs Tanner; 3 Jun WSB McLaren to Mrs Tanner. Finally the Abolitionists agreed that an independent enquiry about the cantonments in India must be made. The result was the sending out of the two American ladies, Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew. (See under India in Index) Biog: Frederick Sleigh Roberts - Commander in Chief, India (later Earl Roberts (1832-1914); 1893 made a Field Marshall; 1900 created Earl; Bishop of Lahore.