Josephine Butler to her friend [Mrs Tanner or Miss Priestman]

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/27/31
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4144
  • Dates of Creation
      15 Oct 1888
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written on British C&G Federation headed paper. Explained that some time ago Mr Naoroji had proposed that the Repealers should address an appeal to the Congress; she then proposed that she and Mr Stuart should meet and discuss the matter with some natives of the country; so she arranged a meeting with Mr Bannerjee, President of the Indian Congress, Mr Digby, Sec. To the 'Indian Political Agency' and Mr Naoroji, which took place yesterday morning in London (She was prevented from going by an attack of cold which turned to erysipelas). They advised that a memorial should go to the Indian Council from the LNA, and another from our Parliamentary friends. As there is so little time she wants permission from the Committee to draw up the Memorial herself. Mr Bannerjee has sketched out what would be most suitable for the Congress and how to avoid alarming the Government.

Administrative / Biographical History

15 Oct [1888] [no year but refers to her husband being very unwell but expects to go abroad with him after Christmas which would make it 1888]. The Indian Congress: The 'Sentinel' (Feb 1889 p.18) reported that the National Congress in India had resolved: 'That this Congress having watched with interest and sympathy the exertions that are being made in England for the total abrogation of laws and rules relating to the regulation of prostitutes by the State in India to places on record their approbation ... and their desire to co-operate by all means in their power in the attainment of this laudable object. 'The grandson and his mama are very well.' This was the son of Stanley Butler (2nd son) and Rhoda his wife born 23 Sep 1888, the 1st grandson. Biog: Mr Nairoji; Mr Bannerjee; Mr Digby.