Josephine Butler to Mr Edmondson

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Written from 29 Tooting Bec Road, Balham

'You could help me greatly by putting me in possession of that Glasgow police act or its wording'

In May 1892 a new clause was added to a local Police Bill promoted by the Glasgow Lord Provost and Bailies and Council giving the police power not only to prosecute keepers of disorderly houses but also to prosecute those frequenting them, the regulation applying to both sexes.

(See 'Dawn' Jun 1892 p 3 and the 'Sentinel' Jun 1892 p 85).

She believed that it will be of great help with the great influx of Germans who will meet them at the Conference at Colmar in Sep who state frankly that there can be no equality in the application of the law to men and women for prostitution. She has asked for help from the jurists but can get no clear answer from them, and her friend's suggestion seems the best she has yet had. Could he get her a copy of this Glasgow Bill and a statement of what (if anything) is actually done in Glasgow. She has had an invitation from German women in Berlin to come and teach them how to work.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Mr Edmondson, Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Miss Willard, Dr Agnes McLaren