Letter signed by Josephine E Butler as Hononary President of the British Continental and General Federation to the Editor of the Auckland Star
She warns against the dangers of a 'Bruce's Bill' in New Zealand, a Bill in which the underlying evil principle 'was partially concealed by proposals of an unobjectionable and even desirable nature'. This is a 'policeman's Bill' and makes the fatal error of making the Police 'the Guardians of our morality.'
'Of such a nature precisely is the Bill which has been prepared by the 'Auckland Rescue Society'; the text of which I have studied is given in your journal. Its title and motives are for the suppression of immorality ... You will pardon me ... if I venture to warn your fellow citizens most earnestly against the adoption of such a measure ...'
For letters about 'Bruce's Bill', see
Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson Feb 1872
Josephine Butler's circular letter Feb 1872
Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson 23 May 1872
Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson 26 Aug 1872
Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson 27 Aug 1872
Mr Aldis' comment on this suggested Bill is contained in the 2nd part of his letters (9 Aug 1895)