Josephine Butler to the LNA

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/27/07
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4127
  • Dates of Creation
      16 Mar 1888
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Printed. Entitled 'Extracts from a letter by Mrs Josephine Butler'. Written from Winchester. First she wishes to draw their attention to Mr Dyer's letter in this week's 'Christian' about India [See letter of 28 Feb 1888 from JB to Mr Johnson]. What can the LNA do? She would suggest very strong memorials be sent to Lord Cross and Sir John Gorst. Prof Stuart is bombarding Gorst with questions almost daily in the House regarding India. The horror revealed in documents she has received from India are terrible. Says that a new edition of her book 'Government by Police' is to be out in a few days and should be useful to people wanting information.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I wish to draw your attention to Mr Dyer's letter in this weeks 'Christian' (to be reproduced in the 'Sentinel'. See the 'Sentinel' May 1888 pp 61-3. The letter had the headings in the Sentinel of 'The Infidel Government' by Alfred S Dyer and gives details of action taken by the military authorities in India to maintain a supply of Indian women for the cantonments. Instructions were given in a 'Circular Memorandum', 17 Jun 1886, which was addressed by Major General EF Chapman, Quartermaster General in India, to General Officers Commanding Divisions and Districts. 'My son, who understands Hindostanee and has just returned from India.' This was her eldest son George. See letter of 2 Feb [1888] JB to Mr Johnson. 'My little book 'Government by police' will be brought out in a few days.' 'Government by police' ed Fisher Unwin 1888. See letters of 27 Feb JB to Miss Priestman and 21 Mar. 'I am asked to publish a little Quarterly Report on the Continental work and I hope to get the first out in April.' This was the 'Dawn', 1st no appeared May 1888. Biog: Dyer, Alfred S; Sir John Gorst; George Butler (son); Lord Cross.