Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/35/14
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4851
  • Dates of Creation
      14 Mar 1896
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Letter 3 of 8 The Geneva Struggle

Typed copy. Written from Lausanne

The Committee of Geneva wanted her advice on how best to deal with an outbreak of violence instigated by the Keepers of the brothels. A large meeting had been held the evening before in the Hall of the Reformation, but the speaker had been shouted down by a mob. This would obviously go on until the Election. They therefore decided they would have to give up large public meetings and rely on placards and leaflets. She is afraid of the mob attacking their friends or their offices such as the office of their Society which contains 'all our records since the Geneva Congress in 1877.' M. Thomas editor of 'The Signal' has already been attacked in his office. She herself has held a meeting in Lausanne to which she invited many of the medical profession and at which M. Bovet presided.

Administrative / Biographical History

For a more detailed account of the various happenings related in this letter, see Josephine Butler's letter to her son Stanley of 14 Mar 1896 from Lausanne.

Biog: M. Hoffet of Colmar, M. Minod, M. Albert Thomas, M. Favon (editor of the 'Genevois'), M. et Mme. Rochonnet, M. Bergner, Prof. Felix Bovet