Josephine Butler to [her sister Hatty]

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Written from Liverpool. Thanks her for sending money. Asks her to tell people not to be ashamed of subscribing small sums. Most of the Federation funds come in ten or five shillings-the Mr Backhouses are the exception. Expands on the blessing of having a shorthand writer and wishes she could lend him to her for an hour a day. Georgie (eldest son) kept hard at work by the Committee sending copies of the Reports of the Congress [held in Geneva in Sep]. Related the visit of Mrs Tanner and Miss Estlin for a day and a night on their way to organise a meeting in Manchester. How astonished foreign ladies would be at women doing all this on their own. She will try and keep her sister up to date in news, with printed notices or letters to read.

Administrative / Biographical History

Person written to: Form of address 'dearest' showed it was a near relative and the expression 'it makes you not seem quite so far off' points to her dear sister Hatty as the recipient. 'The excellent Repeal meeting held at Aberdeen in September when the Social Science Congress met then.' The Social Science Congress met annually at a different town each year and the Societies Working for Repeal always tried to get permission to hold a Repeal meeting during the week. 'It was nice to see somebody who had been at the Congress.' This referred to the historic International Congress of the Federation that met at Geneva in Sep 1877. It was the 1st International Meeting of the British and Continental Federation for the Abolition of Government Regulation of Prostitution and it was at this Congress that was drawn up the Charter of the Federation. Biog: Mr Edward Backhouse; Dr Struthers and Christina (wife); Mrs Tanner; Miss Estlin; Mrs Hatty Meuricoffre; George (Georgie) G Butler; Mr le Coultre.