Josephine Butler to Mr Wilson

Scope and Content

Although he is now satisfied about M. Humbert, she hopes a few letters from Paris about him will arrive. They must have an Executive Committee for the Federation. Makes some suggestions. Has he any? If they can it would be useful to invite Stansfeld as he is known as Mazzini's friend in Italy. Relates an incident that occurred in the Italian House of Commons. Suggests Ed. Backhouse as Treasurer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tuesday, [16 Mar 1875]

'Corroborative evidence'

This refers to testimonials on behalf of Mr Humbert asked from those who knew him on the Continent (See letter of 14 Mar 1875)

'Medical Enquirer'

See note letter of 7 Mar 1875 J Stansfeld to Dr Carter

'Mazzini's friend'

Guiseppi Mazzini (1805-1872) Italian patriot and man of the highest ideals for which he spent many years in prison because he was regarded as a revolutionist. While in England he made many friends and was applauded as a hero by all the Radicals and many of the Liberals of the day. Stansfeld was one of these. Stansfeld became acquainted with Mazzini through the Ashurst family (Stansfeld married one of William Ashurst's daughters, Caroline in 1844). Mazzini was a frequent visitor at the Ashurst home and Stansfeld was very attracted by his ideas which enlarged his interests beyond the confines of his own country. (See 'James Stansfeld' by JL Hammond and Barbara Hammond for a detailed study of the effect of this friendship on Stansfeld)

'Allbright' [sic] Spelling in other letter is Albright

Biog: Mr RF Martineau; Mr Albright; Mr Shaen; Mrs Tanner; Dr Drysdale; Mr Ed Backhouse; Mazzini; Stansfeld; Mr Edmondson