Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Photocopy of incomplete letter (first part missing). No date, probably 1901

Sends her news of Mr Minod and 'that sad personal matter which you know of'

He has had a consultation with M. de Meuron and they think it as well to let the French young lady (Mme. Avril) remain at present in Geneva. The mere rumour that legal proceedings may be taken in defence of the girl may frighten Mrs Minod and her set into silence. Poor M. Minod has suffered much. Mr Stuart has the highest esteem for him. M. Minod has written to the Japanese ambassador in Paris for the text of the Mikado's abolition of every form of prostitution, and if he gets it will rejoice to publish it in the 'Bulletin'

Administrative / Biographical History

[M Minod] 'is awaiting for guidance about that sad personal matter which you know of'

This was some unwarranted scandal put about by Mrs Minod and her set about M Minod and the French girl Mme Avril. JB hopes that the 'evil designs' of his enemies may be turned back and 'M Minod's character may stand out clear as it deserves'

Biog: M Minod, Mme Avril, Mrs Terrell, M de Meuron