Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Photocopy of letter. Written from Montreux.

Asks if she may write a letter to the 'Shield' for Feb on the subject of 'the need of national self-purifying at this time of war and trouble'. [Hostilities in the Boer War began Oct 1899] She is full of thoughts which she finds she cannot freely express in the 'Stormbell' [her news sheet which ran from Jan 1898 to Jul 1900]. It is a little international paper 'and I must not be too controversial in it about international questions.' She explains that nearly all her friends on the Continent are now possessed with a hatred of England, even in Switzerland. After carefully studying the history and life of Kruger, she thinks him honestly to be 'an old devil'. Joubert is a good man and has always opposed Kruger.

Administrative / Biographical History

19 Jan [1900]

'I might write a letter to the Shield'

The 'Shield' was the organ of the Abolition movement. It was started in Mar 1870 and continued without a break till Apr 1886 when the CD Acts were repealed. Then nothing was published between 1886 and Mary 1897. It was revived by the British Committee of the Federation for the abolition of State Regulation of Vice, in May 1897 and continued to be published monthly till Second World War. From that time it was published at irregular intervals but has continued to the present day.

'at this time of war and trouble' Hostilities in the Boer War began Oct 1899

'The Storm Bell' A monthly periodical run by JB. 1st issue Jan 1898, last issue Jul 1900

Biog: Kruger, Joubert