Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Photocopy. Her secretary has gone for a fortnight's holiday so at the moment she is working about nine hours a day. Wishes to interest her friend in two Continental periodicals (nothing can be done anywhere without some sort of periodical). One at Geneva started by Mme. Faucon, and the second at Florence by Signora Tolliers, a friend of her Naples sister (Hatty). She has offered to receive all subscriptions for the Geneva one (L'Esperance).

Date: No year but before 1882 when they left Liverpool.

Administrative / Biographical History

And she is continuing with the Vigilance Association Secretaryship. 'I have also the Vigilance Association Secretaryship.' JB took over the Secretaryship in 1875 when Miss Wolstenholme (Elmy) was forced to resign (see letter of 5 Sep 1875 JB to Miss Priestman) and was unable to find anyone who would take it on. (See also letters of 4 May 1874; 7 Oct 1875; 8 Dec 1875 and 19 Dec 1875) This letter shows that the situation was unchanged in 1880. 'Sursum corda', Liverpool, Brakell, 1871. This was a pamphlet published in 1871, being the substance (much expanded) of a speech delivered by JB at the annual meeting of the LNA, held that year at Liverpool. 'a friend of my Naples sister'. That was Madame Hatty Meuricoffre, JB's best loved sister. One of the Meuricoffre houses was at Naples. Biog: Mrs Ford.