Josephine Butler to Henry and Mrs Wilson

Scope and Content

Copy of letter. Written from Ewart, Northumberland.

Says she writes with difficulty as the fall she had developed later complications with a great deal of pain. She has had to write to the Congress of Women Workers to say she could not give the paper they asked her for and she has proposed dear Mrs Wilson in her place. Explains that she will have to stand up against Mme Bieber-Boehm [see letters of 28 Sep 1898 and 22 Apr and 14 Jun 1899] who is an enemy to the Federation principles though she may uphold theoretically the need of an equal standard of morality. Secondly, she underlines her distrust which is confirmed by a letter from Minod who says that Berenger and his men 'are going to London to affirm (with government authority) that the official houses of debauchery are a guarantee against the White Slave Traffic, because they (the houses) only receive women who go there of their own free will'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'to meet my old dear brother from Ireland'

This was Charles Grey (1825-1915) JB's elder brother. After having succeeded to the management of the Greenwich estates in Northumberland by the retirement of his father in 1863; at his retirement he went to Ireland where he had worked at estate management as a young man. JB had close ties with him and his daughters Constance and Adela.

'I have written to the Secretary of the Congress of Women Workers to say I cannot read the paper they asked me for'

See letter of 22 Apr 1899 from JB to Miss Forsaith with note on 'Women Workers' Congress'

'Madame Bieber Böhm'

See note on this lady, letter of 22 Apr 1899.

'Minod says 'It is exactly as you prophesied in the May 'Storm Bell'''

See notes on this in letters of 11 and 14 Apr 1899, JB to Mr Gregory.

Biog: Charles Grey, Charles Butler (son), Mrs. HJ Wilson, Mme Cauer, Mme Hoffet, M Guyot, M de Morsier, Pasteur Louise Comte, Senator Bérenger