Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/46/36
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5529
  • Dates of Creation
      Jul 1902
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a letter.

JB castigates professing Christians who by their persistent prophesying of evil [permit God's world to become a Pandemonium]. She praises the work of Miss Leppington for the Cause in her writings and at Conferences but fears that as her hope of victory is based on human sciences only (increase of medical knowledge, rapid conquests of the Anti-Slave traffic etc.) she will be disappointed. Also undated typed sheet dealing with the same theme: how 'dear true Christians come to see me and dwell only on the woe, the sin, the increasing waves of vice and hatred and violence; though she always tries to tell them of the 'power of the Holy Ghost'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Date: No direct clue in this letter is given by mention of outside events or people's movements. But in both this letter and one dated 7 Jun 1902 (JB to Miss Forsaith) also another dated 1 Jul. JB castigates the persistent prophesying of evil from pamphlet and pulpit. 'The outlook as they see it is an approaching Pandemonium.' So a suggested date would be the summer of 1902, say end of Jul 1902. This letter is composed of two fragments of photocopied letters which may not be part of the same letter but which both deal with the same theme: the need of a revival of the spiritual element in their work, pp1-3 form 1 part and pp 4-5 the 2nd part. Both sections write of Miss Leppington's work: the good work she has done for the cause in her writings and at conferences and also where she fails.

Biog: Miss Leppington