Josephine Butler to the Joint Committee

Scope and Content

Fragment of a letter. As the Convention was planned by a joint Committee of members of Christian bodies she is surprised that Madame Venturi and Mrs Jacob Bright (both agnostics) have been suggested as Vice Presidents or persons to be asked to speak. Such are welcome as hearers but only those who profess themselves to be Christians should be invited to speak. Dated: Jan before 24, 1883 See note on letter similarly dated

Administrative / Biographical History

'First a little to the programme and views of the 'joint committee' of members of Christian bodies and the Friends who planned the Convention.' This letter is addressed to this joint Committee who are responsible for arranging speakers etc. expressing surprise that persons who are avowed non-Christians, such as Mme Venturi and Mrs Jacob Bright should be given an official part in a Convention which is distinctly Christian. Biog: Mme Venturi; Mrs Jacob Bright; Mr Shaen.