Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

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Photocopy of letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

They have just had a visit from Mr Stuart on his way back from a canvassing visit to Sunderland. He is her Executor and Trustee under her husband's Will and he is most helpful over business matters. They discussed especially the importance of the 'Extra-Parliamentary Commission of France' set up to make a Report on the working of the Regulation system in France [It was similar to a Royal Commission in England]. Mme Avril de Croix was a member of this body. She considered the revelations disclosed by the Commission's report must lead to the reform they all hope for, for it 'represents the changing public opinion of the day which ultimately will triumph'. Mr Stuart agrees with her view.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday 23 Apr [1904], Paris Commissions

'A visit from dear Mr Stuart. He came from a canvassing visit to Sunderland' See note on Mr Stuart's parliamentary activities in letter of 9 Apr [1904]

'This Commission of which Mme Avril is a member' Extra-Parliamentary Commission of France. Mme Avril de Sainte Croix was a member of this body - similar to a Royal Commission in England - which though composed of persons at first advocates of Regulation, ended, after 4 years of study, in presenting a Report calling for its abolition in France. [The Shield, Jan 1912 p 86]

Minod (Sec Gen of the International Federation at Geneva)

Biog: Mr James Stuart, Mme Avril, M Minod