Josephine Butler to Mr Johnson

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Written from Winchester. 'Prof. Stuart has a terrible rod in pickle for the India Office. He has got hold of a Report published in India, and not intended at all for England, the revelations of which exceed in horror and wickedness anything we have ever read'. She is writing by the bedside of her eldest son who came back from India a fortnight ago with fever [see letter of 17 Feb from JB to Miss Priestman]

Administrative / Biographical History

28 Feb [1888] We hope to have a Committee in London soon, of which I will send you notice. This was probably the meeting of the British Branch of the Federation (after the National Association was disbanded in 1886, the British Branch was set up to be a link between GB and the Federation) which took place at the rooms of Prof Stuart on Friday 20 Apr 1888. (For details see the 'Sentinel' May 1888 p.58 and 64). 'Prof Stuart has got hold of a Report published in India and not intended at all for England.' This referred to the 'Quartermaster General's Memorandum of 17 Jun 1886 addressed to officers Commanding Divisions and Districts in India.' This was the 'Infamous Memorandum' which was not disclosed for 2 years. See Rough Record nos 506, 544, 549, 552, 559. 'He will be able on the basis of this to persecute Mr Gorst with questions.' Sir John Gorst, Under Secretary for India. 'I am writing by the bedside of my eldest son who came home from India a fortnight ago.' See letter of 17 Feb from JB to Miss Priestman. 'Have you seen John Mackenzie's last book about losing and keeping territory there? One of my sons is going out there.' This was South Africa. Charles (her youngest son) went out to South Africa 19 Jul 1888. (This gives us the date of the letter as 1888). In a letter JB to Stanley from Copenhagen 4 Sep 1888 she asks if any letter has come from the Cape from Charley for her. Biog: G W Johnson; Sir John Gorst; John Mackenzie.