Samuel Whitbread to Mrs Josephine E Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of two fragments [one with the signature of Samuel Whitbread and addressed to Mrs Josephine E Butler, Liverpool and the other ?]. Referring to the big Meeting in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester 'to express disapproval of the Contagious Diseases Acts' held in Sep 1870.

Administrative / Biographical History

No address [Dec 1870]

The Acts of 1866 and 1869 under the title of Contagious Diseases Acts set up a corps of special police whose business it was to make and keep a list of licensed prostitutes who must submit to regular medical examination. The Acts applied only to certain districts where the Services were stationed.

For a description of the Meeting in the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, mentioned by Samuel Whitbread

See letter of Rev George Butler to HJ Wilson of 24 Dec 1872 which he begins with: 'Two years ago a Meeting was held in the Free Trade Hall Manchester for the Repeal of the Acts'

Biog: Mr Samuel Whitbread (1830-1915)