Josephine Butler to Albert Rutson

Scope and Content

Typed copy letter. She plans to send out a large number of copies of her tract on women's wages as their Cambridge friends wish to know about governesses' salaries, etc. Just received a 'horrible' letter from F. Harrison. It is not about religion but about women and working. His views are that no occupations ought to be open to women, they ought never to work or have the means of working. She could not leave such views unanswered.

3JBL/02/19 is a typed copy of a part of this letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

'my tract' - 1. 'The education and employment of Women', Macmillan 1868

2. Followers of Aug Comte (1798-1857)

The term positivism is 'specifically used of the philosophy of Auge Comte, who applied the term to his system according to which knowledge is based exclusively on the methods and discoveries of the physical on 'positivist' sciences ... the outcome of this positivism is the substitution for revealed religion of a religion of humanity ... in which God is replaced by Humanity'

(Enc Brit 'Positivism')

Biog: Frederic Harrison,