Josephine Butler to her friends

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Written from 8 North View, Wimbledon (dictated, signed by JB). Is depressed about the Stockholm Conference; she is quite unfit to go, Dr Nevins is going but cannot get any English ladies. Mrs Lucy Wilson remains a question mark saying no to everything JB proposes and then suddenly taking up some work as she did with the Indian work. Has good news to report of Rhoda [see letters of 19 Jun and 4 Aug] from Switzerland but Stanley has had a relapse with the flu he had in the Spring. The children all well with her still.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Stockholm business is very discouraging'

This refers to the International Conference of the Federation held at Stockholm 10-12 Sep 1890.

In spite of JB's efforts the English contingent consisted only of Prof Stuart, Mr and Mrs Percy Bunting and Dr Nevins.

JB herself was prevented from going by physical weakness - 'It is an immense journey and I am quite unfit for it'

A report of most of the speeches is given in The Dawn, 1 Oct 1890 p. 2-10. In the absence of M de Laveley, Prof Stuart presided.

Biog: Dr Nevins; Miss Lucy Wilson; The Buntings; Mr Thomasson