Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Photocopy of letter. Written from St Andrews.

She is at last able to write in a Hallelujah strain for their sick people are all recovering. Mercifully she herself has kept well though Influenza, measles and diphtheria were infecting the patients she was nursing. She has also had all the correspondence of the house to do and as a result the 'Storm Bell' will be out a few days late. About the Brussels Conference she said that the women 'must not be overanxious' Mr Dymock's death is a great loss to them.

Administrative / Biographical History

15 Feb [1899]

'We women must take faith about the Brussels Conference and not be over anxious.'

This was a Medical Conference held at Brussels 4-8 Sep 1899.

There was much argument beforehand in the British Committee as to whether the Federation should take part officially in the Conference to which they were invited. The reason for this official abstention was that the acknowledged object of the Conferences was given in the programme to be: 'How Regulation can best be carried out'. After much argument with correspondence between Henry J Wilson, JB, James Stuart, etc. the Committee agreed that the Federation should take no part officially but there was no objection to individual Abolitionists attending to maintain their views. In the end the above-mentioned went and also Dr Nevins, Dr Drysdale, Mr Bunting and Miss Leppington. The general verdict was that it showed that 'the views of the Abolitionists have permeated in all directions and are at last visibly affecting the medical world.' (Shield Oct 1899 pp 58-60).

Biog: Mr Lombard, Mrs de Selincourt, Mrs Terrell, Mr Dymock, Rochefort