Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner, Miss M Priestman and the LNA Committee

Scope and Content

Copy letter. Written from Winchester. Wishes to interest them in the Congress to be held at Geneva 9-13 Sep 1889 and urges as many as possible to go. Explains that owing tot he failing health of her husband most improbable she will be able to attend. Therefore all the more she must try to get others to go; 'I should be grieved and even ashamed if England were not strongly represented there'. Refers to India as the great question before them in England now in the field of Abolitionist conflict; it is also of interest to their Continental friends, and they are most anxious to have a native Indian representative at the Congress, and the name of Naoroji is familiar to them all. Draws attention to the magnificent Abolitionist Congress held lately at Amsterdam, without any assistance from England: it was organised by M. Piersen. At the end is a list of 4 people to whom the copy should be circulated.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Our Geneva friends are most anxious to have a native Indian as representative at the Congress and the name of Mr Naoroji is familiar to them all' Mr Naoroji attended the Congress and spoke (see letter of 3 Aug 1889 JB to the Priestmans). For earlier references to Naoroji see 22 Feb 1888 JB to Miss Priestman; 15 Oct 1888 JB to Miss Priestman. 'There has lately been a magnificent Abolitionist Congress at Amsterdam organised by M Pierson of Zetters'. An account of this was sent to The Congress by M. Piersen and read on 11 Sep 1889 by ML Chevalier Van Swinderen. (See 'The Sentinel' Oct 1889 p.110-119). 'I much want to interest you in the approaching Congress of our Federation to be held at Geneva from the 9-13 Sep'. JB herself was not, to her great grief, and the even greater grief of all the delegates able to attend herself. But as she reveals in her letter she passed through Geneva and Neuchatel on the way home with the Canon from the Riveria and had then 'much conversation with repeal friends'. (A full report of the Congress is given in 'The Sentinel' Oct 1889 p.109-113).