Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from [Cheltenham].

Sympathises with her about the Committee at Tothill Street [the British Committee of the Federation]. Personally she thinks it 'needs purging, needs to be freed from a few restless, egotistical spirits...I think it is most probable that any action of Mrs Amos had for its object to annoy you...' [for a previous action of Mrs Amos which would hardly ingratiate herself to JB see letter of 12 Feb 1901].

She deplores the attitude of too may religious people who can see only the evil existing and do not see the forces arrayed on the other side. As Job said 'I feared a fear and it came upon me'. The last 'Shield' she found particularly depressing; they can see only vice and depravity from the Army in South Africa and vicious soldiers coming home to spread 'disease like a black plague throughout our country'

Administrative / Biographical History

'That Committee at Tothill St' This was the British Committee of the International Federation. James Stansfeld was its 1st Chairman followed at his death in 1898 by HJ Wilson

'Mr Edmondson's paper' J Edmondson wrote two articles under the title 'By stealthy steps' which appeared in the 'Shield' for May and Jul 1901. They were later reprinted in pamphlet form by the British Committee. They dealt with the revival of Regulation in Gibraltar by means of a new Ordnance, 1895. ('Shield' Jan 1902 p 4)

'I think it is most probable that any action of Mrs Amos had for its object to annoy you'

See letter of 12 Feb 1901, JB to Miss Forsaith, which tells of Mrs Amos and Mr Cope's criticism of her book 'Native races and the war' by writing to all her Federation friends abroad enclosing their criticism

Biog: Mrs Amos, Joseph Edmondson