Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. About the formation of the Working Men's Association; she had nothing to do with its formation and had no contact with it till Edmund Jones called a few days ago to ask her to write a letter of introduction for him to other towns, which she did. 'I should be grieved to see anything done to check the rising interest of the working people in the question'. Then discusses the finances both personal and means of raising money for their Society.

Includes 3 printed copies of a circular letter from William Burgess, Apr 1875 'Working Men's Agitation Against the Contagious Diseases Act', with annotations for suggested wording.

Also includes 1 printed circular letter with petition from Edmund Jones 'to the Working Men of Great Britain' re Contagious Diseases Act.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thursday 22 Apr 1875

Workmen's Association for the Repeal of the CD Acts was originated at Liverpool by working men after a series of lectures in that town given by Mr Simpson and Mr Burgess ('Shield' 1 Nov 1875 p 278)

JB writing about the Aldershot Case to HJ Wilson 9 Apr 1875 says 'A crowded meeting of working men was held last night here on this case. Simpson spoke, magnificently Bligh tells me'

Edmund Jones (for whom JB wrote a letter of introduction 20 Apr 1875) was made President, and the rest of the offices filled (See 'Shield' 1 Aug 1875 p 241)

'It has been the most completely spontaneous movement I have seen among the repeal movements' says JB in this letter

Biog: Edmund Jones; Mr Stansfeld; Mrs Percy; Mr Crosfield