Josephine Butler to Mr Johnson

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      GB 106 3JBL/31/25
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      GB 106 4275
  • Dates of Creation
      14 Jul [1892]
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Written from Wimbledon. Thanking him for letter and information. Refers to her illness: influenza followed by inflammation of the lungs, pleurisy and opthalmia, and she now has but one sound lung. Has he read the secret report from India by Dr Kate Bushnell? 'It is wonderful'. Tells him of her book 'Recollections of George Butler' now in the Publisher's hands. Thinks the elections are looking up a little [Gladstone formed his 4th Cabinet Aug 1892]. Hopes to be at the Federation Conference at Bern on 31 Aug.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I do not know whether our Indian Committee have let you read the secret report from India by Dr Kate Bushnell'. Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrews who had spent the winter of 1891/2 in India returned to England in Apr. They reported in 'A statement of facts' in 1893 and this was submitted to the India Office. The secret report referred to here was the private one, which was circulated among her special friends and supporters such as Stuart, Stansfeld, JB, etc. JB's remark on it was: 'There will have to be a searching light upon all that it reveals to us privately.' The Secretary of State could not ignore the official report and 7 Apr 1893 appointed a small Departmental Committee to take evidence.

'The Elections are looking up a little but I suppose a small majority will make Gladstone's position difficult.' The General Election was held in Jul of that year (1892) and resulted in a return of the Liberals. Gladstone's 4th Cabinet was formed in Aug. Neither side had a real majority (Liberals 273, Irish home voters 81, independent labour 1 against Conservatives 269 and liberal unionists 46). It only lasted till 1895 when Lord Salisbury took over (Lords' 3rd Cabinet formed 1895). (See also letter of 8 Jun 1892, JB to Miss Priestman.)

Biog: Mr GW Johnson