Josephine Butler to Henry Wilson

Scope and Content

Written from Brussels.

Enclosing letter from Minod. She now sees the Conference as having much less of a direct object and more as the creation of one man, honest, but ignorant of the fact that women are no longer to be relegated to rescue work and reading papers on rescue work but are 'the impersonation of the Slave herself, the revolted slave, who appears in order to trouble and confound all the plans and schemes of doctors and lawyers'. She had felt greatly moved that day to go and see Dubois but not feeling very well and having a 13 hours journey before her the next day she will write to him from Switzerland. She would now urge that some strong abolitionists should go from England if only to watch and oppose this mass of English CDA delegates going over. She would especially urge Mr Wilson, who is 'watch dog A1' to do this. He and Mr Stuart alone could show 'that England at her best is Abolitionist, and we must show this to the world which will be watching the Brussels Conference.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday 9 Jul 1899

Biog: Dr Dubois Havenith, Senator Berenger, WA Coote