Josephine Butler to Henry Wilson

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She is disappointed at his asking her about the title 'Prostitute pas un delit' as she wrote from Switzerland at the end of Sep to Mr Stuart giving him a full report of their long discussion in the Geneva Committee on that point. It was then unanimously decided that that title must be rejected 'as it shocks and misleads the Germans'. Follows a discussion of the different points of view from those who consider it 'mischievous' to punish prostitutes to the Germans 'who advocate the extreme of punishment'. She ends 'excuse bad writing I am so blind'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I gave a full report of our long discussion in the Geneva Committee on that point, and the decision unanimously adopted that that title [i.e. 'Prostitution pas un delit'] must be rejected.'

For previous remarks on this subject, see letter of 10 Nov 1898, JB from Berne to James Stuart (i.e. the letter JB speaks of in this letter).

'As to Mr Levy, I have no desire to ask him for a paper ... [he] will be pretty sure to come invited or not and will speak ...' See letters of 22 Oct 1896 and 10 Jul 1898 about Mr Levy.

Biog: Mme Preczynska, Mr HJ Levy, Mlle von Mulliner, M. Minod