Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Hotel du Cygne, Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.

Thanks for the enclosed letter. Rejoices 'in the blessing which our friends seem to be recovering' [probably refers to the American ladies Dr Bushnell and Mr and Mrs Andrew]. She herself continues so weak that she sometimes wonders whether 'there is any further service for me here or not'. But 'the ghosts of Rome still follow me'.

'I hope Lady Henry and Miss Willard will allow me to present to them a few suggestions before they go to see the Pope and the King in Rome'

(See letter of 8 Apr 1894, Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith where she expresses the same views)

'... a decision which I am going to write out to Mr McLaren and to ask him to read at one of your Committees'

[In 1893 he became Chairman of the British Committee in place of Mr Stansfeld]. She is lingering on there because she does not wish to withdraw him (Charles) from the fine air which his healing him somewhat.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mr WSB McLaren, an advanced Liberal and warm supporter of Josephine Butler as well as all feminist causes, was MP for Crewe from 1886-1895 and 1910-1912.

In 1893 he became Chairman of the British Committee (part of the International Federation). He retired from this office in 1898 but remained a member of this committee until his death.

Biog: McLaren, Walter Stowe Bright, Dr Comandi, Lady Henry Somerset, Miss Willard, Cardinal Manning, Padre Agostino di Monte Felbro