Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Answers various queries: Federation Committee next day, Mr Gledstone attending; finances of Federation, generosity of Glasgow ladies; the 'New Abolitionists' to be out shortly, is sending some pages of proof 'which may possibly be useful to read at a drawing room meeting and stimulate people to buy the book'. Mentions the action of the Minister of the Interior in France: the suppression of their little Society which merely undertook to enquire into the chief causes of prostitution in France. M Humbert's remark was: 'quelle drole de Republique!'

Dated 17 Feb, no year, but reference to Mr Gledstone being willing to go as delegate to USA indicates 1876.

Administrative / Biographical History

See letter of 3 Mar 1876. 'to come up to any debate raised on the Estimates'. The well-known method of highlighting grievances by having a reduction in the Estimates for the Dept in question.

'The 'New Abolitionists' will be out soon'. The following notice of this publication was given in 'The Shield' of Feb 26 1876 p 68: 'a narrative of a year's work; being an account of the mission undertaken to the continent of Europe by Mrs Josephine E Butler; published under the direction of the British Continental and General Federation for the Abolition of the Government Regulation of Prostitution by Dyer Bros.' Later it was announced that the author was Prof James Stuart. See Rough Record 314, 26 Feb 1876. 'The New Abolitionists' recommended to Repealers says author is Mr Stuart. Biog: Mr Gledstone; Mr Stansfeld; Sir Harcourt Johnstone; Prof James Stuart; Mrs McLaren; M Humbert; Dr Jeannel; Dr Percival.