Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written at Geneva

At this time there was the struggle between the Regulationists and Abolitionists which was decided by a referendum to the males of the Canton. The Abolitionists were defeated. Josephine Butler wrote at length on the subject. This letter covered only the preliminary skirmishes.

She is staying with her old friend Mme de Gingins in her large and very comfortable house with large drawing room which can be used to seat several hundred for meetings. But the work is hard for they have arranged a meeting for every day of the fortnight she is to be there, except Sundays. Their only hope is to get hold of the working men, but she cannot get at them because of the awful weather 'bitterly cold deep snow and ice and the breeze blowing. I never go out'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Mme de Gingins, M de Laveleye