Northern Counties League to various

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Circular letter and copy urging MPs to vote for Sir H Johnstone's Bill for Repeal. In view of the approaching debate on the CD Acts he thanks them for having voted for Mr Fowler's Bill for Repeal in 1873 and is sure they will support the same measure now brought in by Sir Harcourt Johnstone. He reiterated that the primary aim of the present Acts is to make vice risk free and so to encourage profligacy. The corrupting influence is further intensified by the main provision...the enforced surgical inspection of prostitutes which puts this class of women outside the law simply on the suspicion of the police without a trial thus flouting the law of England. Also after ten years trial 'the sanitary results are themselves becoming the subject of keen debate among the medical profession'.

Administrative / Biographical History

17 Jun 1875, May 1875 and 18 Jun 1875

Circular letter for MPs to vote for Sir Harcourt Johnstone's Bill for Repeal drawn up by the Executive Committee of the NCL. (One MS and 2 copies. The opening para of the 2 copies differ from the MS)

'Thanks for having voted for Mr Fowler's Bill for Repeal in 1873'

See note on the history of Fowler's attempts to get Bill passed in Note. JB to HJ Wilson [6] Apr 1872.

21 May 1873 Second Reading Fowler's Repeal Bill - thrown out (Rough Record 242)

Biog: William Fowler MP; Sir Harcourt Johnstone MP