Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. Draws her attention in the minutes to Bligh's pay being raised by 4/- a week 'he is considered our most valuable agent'. Wants to know whether they should make a grant of £20 to the Vigilance Society as the work is so much in harmony with and helpful to their work. Charlie has had to give up the magazine [to which Miss Priestman subscribed] and thinks he ought to return the stamps she sent to him. 'Mr Fothergill accepts his dismission with meekness'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Nine Hours Bill'

See note under Mundella's Bill JB to Mr Edmondson 1 Dec 1873

Mutiny Act and Seduction Law

See note on Mutiny Act clause 40 in JB to Mr Wilson 27 Aug 1872

The Seduction Law refers to the fact that the law regarded 'a child of twelve for the purposes of seduction as a full grown woman'

Mr Charley in his Bill to amend the Law of Bastardy and for the better protection of girls extended the protection of law to female children under fourteen

Finally the Criminal Amendment Bill which extended the protection of the law to female children under 16 received the Royal Assent on 14 Aug 1885

Vigilance Society

This was founded on 26 Aug 1871 (called 1st Vigilance Association) JB always worked very closely with the Vigilance Society as she realised how much their interests touched on the interests of the Repeal Society. That is why she says in this letter when suggesting that a grant of £20 should be made to the Vigilance Assoc 'on consideration of the Mutiny Act Seduction Law work being so much in harmony with and helpful to our work'

Biog: Mr H Bligh (Agent); Mr Burgess (Agent); Mr Fothergill (Agent); Mr Cross; Miss Estlin