Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends all over the country'

Scope and Content

Copy of a letter. Written from London. [The Royal Commission to look into the working of the CD Acts met first in Dec 1870 and ended its sittings in May 1871, and the Report was published on Jul 7]. Besides the Majority Report (Mr Massey's) and the Minority Report drawn up by Cowper Temple, there are four others. It is essential therefore at this moment 'to deluge the Government with Memorials, Protests, Demands, etc.' Puts in a plea for Gladstone who believes in Repeal but has more than half the Cabinet against him. She will continue in London for a fortnight to work at her post.

Administrative / Biographical History

'8 Jul' - This was the day after the publication of the Commission's Report. (For note on Royal Commission see 5 Nov 1870)

Biog: Mr Massey; Cowper-Temple; Mundella; FD Maurice; Rylands; Applegarth; Holmes Coote; Annis; Mr Bruce; Sir John Pakington; Lord Harding; Charles Buxton; Dr Budges; Mr Stansfeld; Mr Gladstone; Duke of Argyll; Mr Henley