Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/39/03
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4483
  • Dates of Creation
      6 Jan 1898
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Postcard. Written from Wooler, Northumberland. Date as postmark

Re corrected proofs of the Missionary Letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Missionary Letter'. This refers to a letter written by British Missionaries in India to Ministers of the Gospel in the United Kingdom. The letter was signed by 50 British Missionaries in India. The reason for the appeal was that the Act of 1895 which definitely prohibited the system of licensed impurity in India was repealed by the Viceroy in Council in the Cantonments Act of 1897 without transferring to the Prohibition provision of the new Act. Such a step was inconsistent with a bona fide intention in the part of the Government of India to refrain from bringing back the ungodly system of regulated or 'protected' vice for the British army of occupation. Within 4 months of the passing of the Act of 1879 an agitation had begun in the semi-official press to bring back the old iniquity 'in its entirety, but with a much more elaborate machinery'.

(See the 'Shield' Jan 1898, p 65)