Josephine Butler to 'The members of the Purity Department of the WWCTU'

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Typed letter. Written from Switzerland.

Hopes that it will be in time for the Convention to be held at Toronto. She would point out that the only reason why she was asked to take the position of World Superintendent of their branch was that for thirty years she had laboured without ceasing for the Abolition of the State Regulation of Sexual Vice. This work of her life is now openly opposed by Lady Henry Somerset as well as well known leaders of women's movements. She awaits for the plain indication of the rank and file of the WWCTU (World's Women's Christian Temperance Union) before she can consent to remain in office. No compromise can be accepted on this question of principle and if there is she must at once sever her connection with them.

Administrative / Biographical History

A printed copy of this letter is in the 'Shield' Nov 1897 p 50.

For note on this see letter of 3 Jun 1897, JB to Miss Forsaith

Biog: Lady Henry Somerset, Miss Willard