Josephine Butler addressed to the Repealers of the Contagious Diseases Act

Scope and Content

Typed copy of letter. Sets out in detail her analysis and critique of Mr Bruce's Bill.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Bruce's Bill' - See note on letter of [early Mar 1872] JB to Mrs Wilson

'Mr Cardwell's new Army Bill' 1871. Mr Cardwell who was Secretary for War 1868-74 reorganised the whole structure of the British army by dividing 'Great Britain and Ireland into 69 infantry regimental districts each containing the depot of the regiment to be associated with its territory' (Ensor England 1870-1914 p.14)

'Metropolitan Police Act 1839' - District covered extended to 15m from Charing X Reorganisation of functions and duties

(Ency Brit 11th ed See Police)

'Vagrancy Act' of 1824, which was the operative statute in 1910. Defined offences specially characteristic of vagrancy are begging and sleeping out. (Enc Brit 11th ed See Vagrancy)

'Town Police Clauses Act' 1847 - Certain police regulations contained in this Act are by the virtue of the Public Health Act 1875 in force in all districts. (Enc Brit Local Government p.439b)

'Prison Regulations' Set out in article on Prisons in Ency Brit 11th ed especially Section 'Latest measures for enforcing penal discipline in England' (p.365)

Biog: Sir John Trelawney; Mr Rylands