Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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      GB 106 3JBL/39/06
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4485
  • Dates of Creation
      12 Jan 1898
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Copy of letter. Written from [Ewart, Northumberland].

Says she has had a delightful letter from Mr Gledstone with a description of 'their neck to neck race with Lady Henry's resignation' Has she seen that 'Canada has broken away from the WWCTU [World's Women's Christian Temperance Union]' Remark from her son Stanley's letter; 'Everyone of your letters is a Spiritual tonic to me, may I have another?'

Administrative / Biographical History

'[Letter from Mr Gledstone] It is a description of their neck-to-neck race with Lady Henry's resignation. Thank God for that resignation.'

In the 'White Ribbon' [official organ of the BWTA British Women's Temperance Association] for 8 Jan, appeared a copy of a letter dated 8 Jan 1898 from Lady Henry Somerset announcing her resignation of the office of President of the BWTA (See 'Shield' Feb 1898 p 78)

(Lady H was however re-elected at the Annual Meeting of that body on 10 May.)

(See 'Shield' Jun 1898 p 118)

'Do you see that Canada has broken away from the WWCTU'

For Canada's strongly worded Resolution passed at their Convention held at Toronto 22 Oct 1897. See the 'Shield' Dec 1897 p.58.

'I have now read your last number in 'White Wings' [Quoted from letter from Stanley (Prof Butler)]

'White Wings' was presumably 'Wings' the official organ of the Woman's Total Abstinence Union', editor Miss F Forsaith.

JB contributed a number of articles of a religious nature. In May 1897 she contributed a short article on the 'Joy of God' and later in the year she contributed a series of articles which were republished under the title 'Prophets and Prophetesses': some thoughts for the present times'. A French translation of this was also issued.'

(This account is taken from JB's autobiography ed. By GW and L Johnson p.235, the rest of the chapter contains extracts from this volume.)

'Morgan (Jnr.) seems very hesitating about publishing my 'Prophets and Prophetesses' afresh - lest is should not pay. That is not as his father used to be.'

The father, old Mr Morgan ('who is exactly my age') was an old friend of JB's. He was editor of 'the Christian Commonwealth' with a partner Mr Scott. They were not regular publishers but to oblige an old friend he published 'Prophets and Prophetesses' and in 1902 a 2nd ed of 'St Agnes'.

(In 2 letters written to Miss Forsaith, JP gives the history of the man and the work he accomplished.)

See letters of 3 Jul 1902 and 20 Jan 1905.

'Prophets and Prophetesses: some thoughts for the present time'

JB 'contributed a series of articles to 'Wings' which were republished under the title 'Prophets and Prophetesses: some thoughts for the present time. A French translation of this was also issued.'

Biog: Mr Gledstone, Miss A Humbert, Mr Morgan, Lady Henry Somerset, Mr Aaron Powell