Josephine Butler to Professor James Stuart

Scope and Content

Copy letter. Written from Lausanne.

Wishes to obtain M. Felix Bovet to open the important discussions at Colmar on the 'Juridique' side of their work; he is a scholar, a jurist and full of good sense and wisdom. 'At the end of our talk [Josephine Butler and Prof Boret] he said he would do his very best if I would get Bridel to formulate the state of the law in France, Switzerland and Germany as to the punishment of women ...'

If they agree would they grant £5 for M. Bridel's work as he is a poor man.

Administrative / Biographical History

The second day of the Colmar Conference (Thursday 19 Sep) was devoted to the legal side of the question, and on the limits of State Action in the matter. Papers were read by M Van Swinderen (Judge of the High Court of Justice, Groningen, Holland), M Louis Bridel (Prof of Jurisprudence at Geneva) and M Felix Bovet. A discussion followed in which M de Meuron, Mr J P Thomasson and the Rev Dr Cunningham (delegate of the Scottish Free Church) joined, the discussion being closed by Mrs Butler. (The 'Dawn' Oct 1895 p 8)

Biog: Prof Felix Bovet, Prof Louis Bridel, Mr Thomasson, Mrs Browne