Josephine Butler to the ladies who signed the memorial to Lord Granville

Scope and Content

Copy letter. In response to their request asking for action to suppress the traffic in women and girls, he said he had already given notice that he would move on Monday the 30th for a Committee of the House of Lords to enquire into the whole matter.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lord Granville [Foreign Secretary in Gladstone's second Cabinet formed Apr 1880] The Memorial signed by 1,000 ladies and presented to Lord Granville by JB on the 24th dealt with the traffic in young girls from England to the continent. (See letters of [3 Nov 1880] 'Mrs Butler on Belgian denials'; 2 Nov 18[80] 'Extract of a letter from Mrs Butler to Mrs Lundie'.) On 28 Jun 1881 the Select Committee of the House of Lords promised by Lord Granville met to take evidence. Lord Dalhousie was chairman and it included Lord Salisbury, the Bp. of London Lord Mount Temple. 10 Jul 1882 The Lords' Committee published its findings. A Criminal Law Amendment Bill embodying the recommendations of the Lords Committee was presented to the Commons, 31 May 1883. It was shelved in the House of Commons sine die.Biog: Lord Granville; Lord Dalhousie.