Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

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Written from Leeds Station Hotel. Tuesday evening. No year but she says she is on her way to London from Melrose for Charlie's wedding on 31 Aug 1897].

Explains that she had to stop there on the way, as she was ill. She had been several days in bed at Melrose, but as her children say, she needs a rest from work which always follows her. She hopes in the second week of Sep to meet her sister Mrs Meuricoffre in Switzerland. Before she goes she must draw up the leaflet which is wanted explaining in the simplest manner what the present situation is and what action will be most useful for the coming winter, for even educated people do not clearly know what has been done in India. Asks if she will write for her to Lady Frederick Cavendish as she feels she cannot write and beg her to speak for them after her indignant repudiation of her [JB's] action. Lady F. is now partly aware of her mistake in trusting the Government now that the India Office have accepted the Repeal of the Prohibition Act of 1895. Also requests her friend to ask the others she names: Miss Leppington writes powerfully but does not speak: Agnes McLaren would speak, Henry J Wilson's daughter should be asked, there seems to be a great gathering to their side now of lady doctors.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The CD Regulations are now again in full force in India' (See letter of 6 Aug and Note)

'The pamphlet' is 'Truth before everything'(See note as above)

'Lady Frederick Cavendish ... she attacked our memorial to the Govt very severely and unjustly'

See the remark about her on the same subject made by JB in letter of 24 Jun 1897.

Biog: Lady Frederick Cavendish, Miss Leppington, Dr Agnes McLaren, Dr Helen Wilson (da of HJW), Mrs Fawcett