Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman.

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      GB 106 3JBL/03/06
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3518
  • Dates of Creation
      [Mar 1870]
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Written from Liverpool. She encloses bills. Says they had met that day at Manchester and had among other things considered the enclosed letter from Mr Littleton (Agent) re Annis, Chief Inspector of the Devonshire Police and a notorious supporter of the CD Acts

'The Committee thought it would be much more dignified to take no notice of Annis' slander 'for the purposes of prostitution' ...We do not wish to bring any action against Annis, but if he can be shown up so much the better.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Monday [Mar 1870]. Monday [no year but there is a reference to 'a meeting at Manchester' and one such is reported on 14 Mar 1870.

Annis - Chief Inspector Devonport police

He was an enthusiastic upholder of the CD Acts. He gave evidence before 3 official bodies set up to investigate and pronounce on the working of the CD Acts:

1. The Select Committee of 1868 appointed by the House of Lords

2. The Royal Commission of 1871

3. The Select Committee of the House of Commons appointed in 1879 but did not begin its work till 1881

Before all three he maintained that over the years the Acts had greatly diminished the number of prostitutes in the area. Also that juvenile prostitution had been completely eliminated in Devonport

His opinions carried great weight but the organised opposition of the Repealers based on 'verifiable statistics' finally won the day: 1883 compulsory examination of women removed from the Act and 1886 Total Repeal of CD Acts

'We met to-day at Manchester' - A meeting of Ladies (LNA) was held at Manchester on 14 Mar 1870 for the purpose of remonstrating vigorously against the CD Acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869. At the end a Ladies Association for Manchester was formed. (See Shield 28 Mar 1870 p.26)

Biog: Annis of Plymouth; Mr Littleton (Agent)