Josephine Butler to 'James' [Stuart]

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/31/29
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4278
  • Dates of Creation
      13 Oct [1892]
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      1 item

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Written from Hotel des Bergnes, Geneva. Her sister Hatty has been very ill at Naples but now better and they are arranging to meet at Cannes. Wishes to tell him about her idea of writing the history of their crusade with the help of M. Humbert, M. Minod which came to her on her recent visit to the Humberts at Neuchatel. MH has wonderful records of the work on the Continent and M. Minod has the office archives at the head office of the movement at Geneva. A trio consultation took place and they outlined a plan of action. If the Society's funds are not enough to offer MH so much a month as long as he can work she must try to beg for some money. She encloses a list of her expenses.

Administrative / Biographical History

No year but reference to JB's Life of her husband about to appear. Finally appeared Nov 1892.

'Annie' is a maid she had in England.

Eiger = the St Bernard dog, one of the 8 brought to England by Emil Boss, the Swiss innkeeper on his visit to England in 1885. He left one behind with the Butlers.

'Amelie [Humbert] is hard enough worked with her 'Bien Public' of which she is Editor.'

The 'Bien Public' is recognised in Switzerland as the Women's organ and finds more and more favour in the Swiss Public, especially there the Federal Govt have replied to the women's petition by translating it into the 4 languages of the Federal Parliament... and sending it with a circular from the Govt itself to every Cantonal Govt of Switzerland.'

'I collected £60 for the Grindelwald Peasants, servants and guides and have much correspondence with the President of the Hulfcomite about the distribution.' This was the disastrous fire at Grindelwald Aug. 1892 which destroyed the church erected through Canon Butler's appeals and also the hotel and houses round it. (Letter of JB to Mr Johnson 29 Aug 1892).

'I wish you could tell me what the military and doctors are planning at home about reviving the CD Acts.' In the 'Dawn' of 1 Jan 1893 p 7 JB expands this theme: she emphasises that the wish to restore the CD Acts exists unchanged in army, medical and official circles and every now and then 'blazes out in a wail that can no longer be controlled' as at the International Medical Congress held in London recently and in 'The Horse Guards Gazette' which - under the title of 'The First Step' states boldly: 'a determined effort will be made in the course of the next Parliamentary session to impress on the authorities. The evils arising out of the repeal of the CD Acts.' 'I don't the least know when Arrowsmith intends to get my book out.' The book 'Recollections of George Butler' finally came out in Nov 1892.

Biog: James Stuart; M. Humbert; Mr Minod