Josephine Butler to 'Miss Forsaith and all our friends'

Scope and Content

Letter 6 of 8 The Geneva Struggle

Typed copy. Written from Geneva

Gives a description of what happened on 22 Mar 1896 when the voters had to give their verdict on a moral question. It was the first time that the popular vote had been taken on the basis of a 'Droit d'Initiative.' The voters were asked two questions:-

Do you approve of the projet de loi de l'initiative. Yes or No?

Do you approve of the projet de loi of the Government. Yes or No?

Many were puzzled and refrained from voting. When waiting for the results, Josephine Butler and her friends waited in the house of M. Favre, one of the fortresses of the old nobles, where some hundred of Hugenot refugees from France were harboured by an ancestor of M. Favre in the time of Louis XIV. Safe in this fortress they heard 'the demonical orgies of that night'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: M. Ader, Mme. Gingins, M. Favre, M. de Meuron