Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from 24 Grosvenor Road, Westminster Embankment, SW (Stuart's London house). No date but reference to forthcoming Annual Meeting of the Ladies' National Association which was held on 11 Jun 1896 (in Jul 1894 the Annual Meeting was held in London and in Sep 1895 it was held at Colmar)

'You shall have the resolutions and platform arrangements on Saturday morning.'

Referring to the Annual Meeting of the Ladies' National Association

She has acquired, through a medical missionary, the new 'circular memorandum' of the Quarter Master General of India showing that Regulations are really re-established.

'Mr Stuart asks a question about this official paper tomorrow in the House of Commons and our resolution may have to be altered somewhat in accordance with Lord G Hamilton's reply.'

'Showing that Regulations are really so established.' The abolition of all brothels within cantonments and of compulsory medical examination was made obligatory for the Government of India in 1895.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lord George Hamilton was appointed Secretary for India in Lord Salisbury's third Cabinet formed in Jun 1895.

Compulsory medical examination was imposed in 1895, but within a year the Army Medical Officers in India were reporting an immense increase in venereal disease and Regulationists at home returned to the attack, while a women's memorial respecting the health of the Army signed by ladies of title and position was sent to the Government for the restoration of the Acts.

Biog: Lord George Hamilton