Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends'

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/15/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 3873
  • Dates of Creation
      25 Nov 1876
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Carbon copy of letter. Written from Liverpool. Anxious that members in England should know of the 'wonderful events which are occurring in France in regard to our question' so that they can take steps to link themselves more closely with the 'Repealers' in France who are often ignorant of the work in England. The subject of repeal will soon be before the Chambers and Senate. The editors of 'Les droits de l'homme' and of 'Le Rappel' are threatened with immediate suppression on account of an article on 3 Nov against the Police des Mouers. Gives various other prosecutions. In consequence of all this, Josephine Butler's work has become increasingly responsible and heavy as well as costly.

Administrative / Biographical History

'He himself [Guyot] is at this moment summoned to undergo prosecution by the 'Police Correctionelle' on the charge of having spoken against the 'agents of morals'. In 1876 Lecour brought an action against Guyot for publishing false information (case of attempted arrest of a well known actress by the police which Guyot recorded in his paper of 3 Nov 1876). Guyot was condemned to 6 months imprisonment but sentencing was deferred. When the City of London invited a delegation from the municipality of Paris to London in Apr 1877 to discuss the subject of Repeal, Guyot was among those invited, but in order to prevent his attendance he was called to serve his sentence. He served the six months in the prison of St Pelagie from 27 Apr 1877. The 'Liberated of Saint Lazare'. Josephine Butler visited this prison house for prostitutes on her first visit to Paris in the winter of 1874/5 to start the Campaign against Regulated Vice. She was given a pass by Lecour to visit any of the establishments under his control and went to Saint Lazare but could never bring herself to talk or write more than bare outlines of what she saw and heard there. In an article in 'The Shield' Sep-Oct 1912 by Victor Marguerutte he spoke of it as 'still operating ... still uncontrolled'.

Biog: M Aime Humbert; Mettetal; M Guyot; M de Bourbonne; M La Croix; M Gozet; Jacussel; Mlle Grandpre; Mme de Morsier; M Malherbe.