Josephine Butler to [unknown]

Scope and Content

Fragment of letter. Written from [Wimbledon]. Thinks there is 'need of much and deep thought on the whole subject'. Sees the danger of party politicians using the threat of exposure of a public man's private lapses; and this will be a very great evil. She remembers 'the horrible things people said of Mr Gladstone at the time of the Stead revelations [Stead's article in the Pall Mall Gazette 6-9 Jul 1885] A man 'offered to sell to her a photograph and other authentic proofs of Mr Gladstone's orgies in a brothel'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Undated but deals with the same subject as letter of 6 Apr (the need for moral character in those who are to make our laws) so is probably c. Apr 1891.

This letter follows on that of 6 Apr addressed to Miss Priestman so is probably near in date and addressed to the same person.

The opening paragraph refers to WE Gladstone.

'at the time of the Stead revelations'

This is a reference to WT Stead's articles in The Pall Mall Gazette in 1885 'Maiden tribute of Modern Babylon'. See letters of 5 Jun 1885 and 26 Jul 1885.

Biog: Mr WE Gladstone; Mr W T Stead; Mr Parnell