Josephine Butler to Henry J Wilson

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from 49 High Street, Wimbledon

'You are very kind to think of my book and of giving help about dates'

('Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade'. For note on her book see her letter to Rhoda dated 17 Jul [1896]). She thinks all is correct now and the proofs nearly revised. The book does not pretend to be a history which she says would be beyond her powers. 'I have only recorded certain events of which I have a personal and clear recollection'. She hopes that 'someone who was in the battle early' will write a real history, for as she explains: this book is 'only my early recollections of the first decade' and is only carried up to the year 1880.'

'Shall we be able to get through the streets tomorrow'. This was Wednesday 22 Jul 1896 and the day Charles, 2nd son of Frederick VIII of Denmark, married Princess Maud (1869-1938), youngest daughter of Edward, Prince of Wales.

Administrative / Biographical History

[The original letter was found enclosed at p 408 of 'Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade' in The Women's Library. The letter was left in the book and photocopy made for inclusion in the collection]

'The Shield' was published as the official organ of the British Committee of the Federation for the Abolition of the State Regulation of Vice.

No 1 Mar 1870 - 20 Jul 1886

Ceased in 1886 after the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts. Revived in May 1897 and has continued under the newly named Association to the present day.

In 1901 Edward, Prince of Wales, became Edward VII, King of England. Prince Charles was elected King of Norway in 1905 when Norway became separated from Sweden and at his coronation in 1906 he took the name of Haakon. Had to leave Norway in 1940 because of the German invasion and he took refuge in England and carried on the struggle from there until his return in 1945.