Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Written from Chateau Gingins, Trelex. No year but established by mention of telegram sent from Australia for Congress of 1898.

Mr Wilson has lately sorted and arranged the literature in the Office including much foreign material which she had sent there when her home at Winchester was broken up. She would be grateful to have a list of all the printed material in foreign languages and write her name on each one. Lists six which she specially remembers. Secondly would she send her a copy of 'The Constitution Violated'. She is much better for her stay in Switzerland but her eyes not well yet. Has been able to prepare a number of the 'Storm Bell' for Oct. Mr Burfoot tells her some of her humbler readers are alarmed at its cessation for two months. Great concern in Switzerland over the poor Empress of Austria whose 'body passed through Lausanne and Berne yesterday on the way to Vienna'

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Conference at Geneva next year'

This was held 19-22 Sep 1899

'please send me a copy of 'The Constitution violated' by Josephine Butler. This was published in 1871

'The object of the work is to show the unconstitutional nature of the enactments which we have resolved to repeal and it forms an admirable development of the arguments ably but briefly set forth in Prof Amos' pamphlet entitled 'The Policy of the Contagious Diseases Acts'

'I have been able to prepare a no of the 'Storm Bell' for Oct' See note on 'Storm Bell' in letter of 17 Aug 1888

'The body of the poor Empress of Austria passed through Lausanne and Berne'

This was Elizabeth, consort of Francis Joseph, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary (1837-1898). On 10 Sep 1898 she was stabbed by an anarchist while going from her hotel at Geneva to the steamer on the lake. (Also mentioned by JB in a letter to Stanley 11 Sep 1898)

'Harriet' was Harriet Allen who lived with Miss Forsaith

Biog: Elizabeth, Empress of Austria