Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Scope and Content

Enclosing letters from her friends the Cellis (Prof. Celli of the Roman University and a Deputy). She says: 'It seems as if there were a chance of reviving our cause in Italy, if I could correspond with S. and Sa. Celli, and also write to the moribund Milan Committee...Happily Italy (non-Papal) loves England and the English'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Date: No date but deals with Italian affairs so some time in 1893, shortly before she went to Italy in Dec, c.18 Nov.

'I write ... to enclose this cover of the obituary speech of Celli which makes it certain that my dear friend is dead' This must refer to Crispi, who was Minister of the Interior in 1877 and issued a new Regulation 1888. (See note on Crispi in letter of 12 Dec 1893.)

'I have also received the Parliamentary debate from Celli - on the Regulation. Would Mr Wilson think it well to try to put a bit of it in the Shield, and so perhaps light a fresh spark?' The Shield stopped publication in 1886 after the repeal of the CD Acts in that year and did not resume publication till May 1897. It is therefore either a slip on the part of JB about the Shield or she meant to make it a suggestion for putting it in the Sentinel or JB's newspaper, The Dawn.

Biog: Signor Celli; Signor Crispi; Mr Minod