Josephine Butler to [Mr Wilson]

Scope and Content

Incomplete letter. Encloses copies of letters received from Paris and asks him to sign the answer with her for the Executive of the Federation to make it more important to send to Pressense. Good news from other parts of the Continent. Has he heard the news of an apparent design to extend the CD Acts in England? She knew of the proposed Bill of the 7th Apr (second reading). But it is only the Lancet which reveals the secret that a vast hospital preparation is to be set on foot. This is to examine 'Merchant Seamen' but it will obviously be extended to women. Her husband has gone to Clifton for four days holiday and to see 'our poor boy there'. Strongly in favour of engaging Mr Gledstone.

Administrative / Biographical History

[Saturday] Easter Sunday was 28 Mar 1875.

'Have you got this news of an apparent design to extend the CD Acts in England?'

In the 'Shield' of 1 Apr 1875 p 97 it reports as follows: 'Lord Charles Beresford has given notice in the House of Commons that 'he will call attention to the operation of the CD Acts in seaport towns and move a resolution'

This motion is down first on the list of notices of motion for Tuesday 27 Apr

The other danger was a scheme revealed by the 'Lancet' as follows: 'We have been favoured with an early copy of the 'Mercantile Marine Hospital Service Bill' which has been brought into the House by Capt Bedford Pim and Mr Wheelhouse, and provides for the one local inspection of women and the organisation of a hospital service for sailors of the merchant navy ... It is proposed to divide the coastline into districts ... and to establish marine hospitals in each of these districts' (Quoted in the 'Shield' 1 Apr 1875 p 99)

16 May 1877 Capt Pim's Mercantile Marine Hospital Bill was rejected by 214 to 13 (Rough Record 337)

'My husband has gone to Clifton for 4 days Easter holyday to see our poor boy there'

This was the Butlers youngest son Charles who was sent to Clifton College in the autumn of 1874

Date: Established by reference to voting by Exec of NCL about engaging Mr Gledstone to work for the NCL

(See letter of 25 Mar 1875, HJ Wilson to his Exec asking them to vote for or against appointing him). See also Note on Capt Pim's Bill

Biog: M Edmond de Pressense; M Aime Humbert; Rev James Gledstone