Josephine Butler to the British Committee

Scope and Content

Copy letter. Written from Lausanne

The Committee held its meeting in a house in Lausanne attended by representatives from Switzerland and Paris. There were also letters containing advice and suggestions from representatives of many countries. The last decision to be made was where the annual conference should meet. France was ruled out because of the strong Anglo-phobia there; the same applied to Holland. Finally settled on Brussels in Belgium. Gives review of personalities and the political set up. M. de Morsier (from Paris) spoke of their cause in France and of a Congress lately held in Paris on the subject of the alarming depopulation of France, chief causes were thought to be prostitution and drink, which Josephine Butler would have probably called debauchery. She thought it would be a good thing to publicise this statement in England. Gives news of the struggle in the Transvaal received from a woman, Klerek, and an account of the vital movement among working women in the Canton of Vaud which has spread to other Cantons.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Cecil Rhodes, Pierson, M Jules Pagny, Prof Bridel, M de Morsier, M Minod, Dr Agnes McLaren, M Bergner