Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Forsaith]

Scope and Content

Written from [Ewart, Northumberland]. No date but letter follows letter of 22 May (Saturday) in which JB refers to 'an LNA Committee next Wednesday', which would be 26 May. This letter of Friday, therefore would be 28 May and in it refers to the Committee. 'I wonder what your Committee did!'

Asking her to read enclosed statement and post to Mrs Tanner. Also encloses letter from Florence Booth [See Note]. Thinks the Salvation Army help will be of great value to them. She finds it encouraging that she receives such numbers of letters from people longing to work and asking to be told what to do. Applauds the Free Church meeting and Dr Rainy [See note]

'I enclose a letter from Florence Booth'

Florence was the wife of Bramwell Booth (The General's eldest son) [See note]

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1893 the Bramwell Booths had offered their services to JB to work for the Repeal Cause in India, an offer she gladly accepted, as she knew the value of an organisation like the Salvation Army behind one when organising memorials, petitions, etc.

'Dr Rainy' Dr Rainy was Principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh, and had written a pamphlet entitled 'The Contagious Diseases Acts 1866-69, then real character and tendency' issued by the Scottish National Association 1876. (See 'Shield' 19 Feb 1876 p 54)

Biog: Florence Booth (Mr and Mrs Bramwell Booth), Dr Rainy