Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' (Miss Forsaith)

Scope and Content

Photocopy letter. Written probably from Lausanne

She is resting after an exhausting experience in Geneva where she had to speak several times a day (see letters of Mar from Geneva concerning defeat of Abolitionists on 22 Mar ending in a night of rioting and hooliganism). But she feels far less of horror than of pity for that 'poor possessed mob of the Red Lanterns'. It has woken up the people of Geneva to think of the volcano over which they have been living. Thanks for kind messages from Mr Edmondson and Mr Dymock. She comments that it is strange that the English Press is the only Press of Europe which has not noticed the Geneva event. She praises de Meuron (of Geneva) 'a young man quite remarkable in the union of qualities with which he is endowed for this work.' Thanks her friend for her gift to the Geneva work. She spent it with Mrs Backhouse's £20 on presents for two of their humblest and hardest workers. She is longing to get back to England.

'I read with great approval his [Mr Edmondson's] masterly paper in proof.' This pamphlet entitled 'Understood but not expressed' was issued in Jun 1896. ('Rough Record' 743)

'direct to Emmie Thomas' - a step-daughter of Emily (Josephine's sister), from her third marriage

Administrative / Biographical History

Emmie Thomas did clerical work for Josephine Butler

Biog: Mr Edmondson, Mr Dymock, Alfred de Meuron, Mrs Backhouse, M Favon