Josephine Butler to Miss Willard

Scope and Content

Copy of letter. Written from [The Office] 17 Tothill St, Westminster.

Thanks for all their affectionately expressed wishes that she should continue to be officially connected with them, but she must point out that 'the scheme put forward by your distinguished vice-president is itself an extreme form of regulation of vice' She has never repudiated these propositions and she has received. As from your Committee 'a renewed expression of your confidence in her as a Leader' As a firm abolitionist she cannot appear before the public as 'the holder of an office in a Union of which a promulgator of an extreme form of regulation is the Vice President.

Administrative / Biographical History

This letter is also printed in the 'Shield' Dec 1897 p 59.

'... the decision which I came to and expressed to you, in advance in my letter addressed to the Toronto Convention (Purity Dept)'

See letter of 27 Sep 1897 from JB to the Purity Dept. Also printed in the 'Shield' Nov 1897 p 50.

Biog: Miss Willard, Miss AE Slack, Lady Henry Somerset