Josephine Butler to Mrs Wilson

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Written from Eversley, Balham (Mrs de Selincourt's home).

Enclosing a short note as possible for her to read art the International Council of Women [referred to by JB as the Women Workers' Society]; she is sorry she won't be there herself. She has been visited by a pretty large number of delegates, Swiss, French and of the Northern Countries. She is trying to draw up some Resolutions for the LNA Annual Meeting on 3 Jul.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I enclose as short a note as possible for you to read of the International Council of Women'

At this important Congress of Women from many countries (lasting from 26 Jun - 4 Jul 1899) JB was to have read a paper on Friday morning, 30 Jun, to a meeting invited to consider the 'Social necessity for an equal moral standard between men and women'. But her health prevented her. Mrs HJ Wilson at JB's request took her place. She first read a letter from JB - then delivered her paper, which dealt entirely with the State Regulation of Vice, showing how that system was based on an unequal moral standard.

For more details about the programme for the whole Congress and summaries of relevant addresses, see the 'Shield', May 1899, p 29, and Jul 1899, p 47. For letters, see 22 May and 25 Jun

'Some days I feel well and others the pain in my back is so bad that I cannot stand up long' See letter of 22 May 1899, JB to Mr and Mrs. HJ Wilson about her injury.

Asks for the final Resolution at the White Slave Traffic Conference

'was the final Resolution in accordance with the wish of Mr Wilson and others, or not?'

This was the Conference held 21-23 Jun (See correspondence about this in Jun)

'Monday the 3rd' = LNA annual meeting 3 Jul

'I am trying to draw up some Resolutions'

See also letter of 28 Jun, JB to Miss Priestman asking the same help.

Biog: Senator Bérenger