Josephine Butler to [Miss Forsaith]

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter.

Though scarcely able to stagger from her bed to her armchair, God has opened to her fresh treasures in His word and leaves her some power of using her pen. If she had access to some religious paper she would be able to give to the public some of the glorious thoughts given to her. Mentions that the article [on 'Concentration'. See letter of [Nov 1900] which she wrote long ago for 'Wings' has been reprinted and has had a large circulation and she wonders whether she is open to taking another article for 'Wings', 'It would not be too unorthodox and would touch indirectly on the vice of intemperance as well as other evils'.

Says she has been asked by the Central Office at Geneva (Commission Administrative) to write them something on 'the enforced examination of women' ready for their next meeting 8 Jan 1904 which will prepare for the Conference at Dresden in Sep. She thinks there is a speech of hers on this subject in 'Les Actes du Congres de Geneve 1877'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday 28 [Nov 1903]

'The 'Commission administrative'

This was the central office of the Federation at Geneva, Secretary. M. Minod. They asked JB to write them something on this 'very difficult and disputed point' [i.e. the compulsory examination of women, repealed in England in 1883] as it was to be brought forward again at the Conference at Dresden (Sep 1904).

'That article I wrote long ago for 'Wings''. This was the article entitled 'Concentration'. See letter of [Nov 1900] with article in question attached.