Josephine Butler to 'Dear beloved friends' [Miss Forsaith and Harriet]

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Photocopy of incomplete letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

She has been through 'a time of sifting and revelation of myself'. She emphasises that 'there is no need for anyone to press upon her the reality of hell...for I have been in hell. But she believes that there is 'Love below all'.

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'There is no need for anyone to press upon me the reality of Hell ... for I have been in Hell' - Obviously relates to her experiences especially in Paris winter of 1874/5 (Saint Lazare) and then in London when working with WT Stead and his Pall Mall Cttee to obtain evidence for his famous articles which came out in the Pall Mall Gazette Jul 1885, under the scorching title of 'The Marden Tribute of Modern Babylon'

Biog: WT Stead