[Samuel Smith] to [Josephine Butler]

Scope and Content

Unsigned and unaddressed written from 'Meeting and Conference London'. He attended a Meeting at St James' Hall on Wednesday which lasted three hours and the private Conference the next day which lasted four hours at the Westminster Palace Hotel. Notes especially their leader in Parliament, Sir Harcourt Johnstone; Mr Stansfeld, both eloquent as a speaker and statesmanlike in action; and Mrs Butler 'the presiding spirit' who gave an intensely interesting account of her work abroad. Also a moving account from those who were present from the 'subjected' districts in our country: Dover, Canterbury, Chatham , Gravesend.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dated 3 Mar 1875 and 4 Mar 1875

'Meeting and Conference' - ' 3 Mar 1875 Meeting St James Hall, London, in support of Sir Harcourt Johnstone's Bill' (Rough Record 292) (In 'Shield' 15 Mar pp 65, 66)

'Mar 4 Conference in Westminster Palace Hotel Mrs Butler read paper on her Continental work' (Rough Record 293) (In 'Shield' 15 Mar pp76, 77)

The writer gives thumbnail sketches of the leaders: Sir Harcourt Johnstone; Mr James Stansfeld; Mrs Butler

'The earliest day Sir H Johnstone could secure to bring on the Bill is the 23rd Jun'

On 23 Jun 1875 Sir Harcourt Johnstone's Bill for Repeal of CD Acts was thrown out (only other name on back of Bill was that of Mr James Stansfeld). Harcourt Johnstone, Henley and Stansfeld spoke. Ayes 126; Noes 308 (Rough Record 304) (See 'Shield' 1 Jul p 185)

'Her [JB's] account of her work abroad'

For this see JB's letters written while she was in Paris the winter of 1874/1875

'Prof Amos ... rebuking those ... who talked of this subject as one which was always to be deprecated as indecent and to be refused a brilliance in our public papers' (15 Oct 1874 'Conspiracy of silence' broken by newspaper comments, etc. following Mr Stansfeld's speech [at Bristol] (Rough Record 283)

'A Society to be called ... The British and Foreign Association for Repeal should be formed ... to put down this system throughout the World'

On Friday 19 Mar 1875 a meeting was held at Liverpool at which the 'British and Continental Federation' was inaugurated. Mr James Stansfeld was elected President and Mrs Butler Hon Sec with Mr HJ Wilson co hon sec pro term

Biog: Mrs Heritage; Mr WS Littleton; Miss Young; Prof Amos; M Shaen