Josephine Butler from Callander, NB, to Eliza

Scope and Content

Written from Callander NB. Says she is afraid some of the Committee should accuse her of deserting them at a crisis, and Miss Wolstenholme has just telegraphed her to come to London to address Mr Bruce at the Home Office. JB wisely remarks that 'the crisis in Parliamentary now'. In the event she was proved right as no action was taken by the Government to implement the Report till Feb of the next year [see note]

Administrative / Biographical History

'Eliza' - This was JB's eldest sister, born 1819, who married twice (1. Morrison; 2. Masson) and was the mother of Edith Leupold who lived at Genoa. She was a widow at the date of this letter and was living in London

'The Report is out and quite public now'

See description of Report given by JB in a letter of Jul 8 1876. The report of the Royal Commission on the working of the CD Acts was published Jul 7

'The crisis is Parliamentary now'

The Abolitionists awaited eagerly for the Govt to take action to implement the findings of the Report. But they had to wait some time. It was not till Feb 13 1872 that the Home Secretary introduced a Bill (known as Bruce's Bill). Its title was 'A Bill for the prevention of certain contagious diseases for the better protection of women'

Biog: Miss Wolstenholme; Miss Lydia Becker; Mrs Masson (née Eliza Grey)