Mr WA Coote to Mr Frost

Scope and Content

Encloses extracts from the Blue Book as an aid to him. JB when struggling with the same question was ridiculed by the same man who opposes him (Mr Frost) Mr Vincent a permanent official.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nat Vigilance Association Offices. 20 Nov 1885. Mr Coote, Organising Secretary National Vigilance Association. *'With best hopes for the success of Plimsoll.' Reference to Samuel Plimsoll author of the 'Plimsoll Mark' Jul 1875 (See Biog File). 'The Shipping Act was passed in 1876, providing for Board of Trade inspection of ships and the compulsory painting of a load line or P's mark, to show the limit to which ships may be loaded.' 'Mr Vincent ridiculed her (JB), referred to her as belonging to the 'shrieking sisterhood' ...' Mr Vincent (later Sir Charles Vincent) was director of CID 1878-84. He knew more about the seamy side of London than anyone else, but could do nothing to check the traffic in young girls to the Continent because there was no law against it. It was not till the Criminal Law Amendment Bill was passed in 1885 that the age of consent was raised to 16. *Reference here not clear as Plimsolls success over the 'Plimsoll Line' was 11 years before. A temporary Bill was passed in 1875 and the Act in 1876. The '188 part of the date on the letter is printed and the 5 in manuscript so it cannot be a slip of the pen'

Biog: Mr WA Coote Sec. National Vigilance Association; Mr Frost; Mr Vincent; Plimsoll.