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Early in the morning she rose to attend the daily service at the Chapel at Lincoln's Inn where Maurice was the preacher. After morning prayer she travelled to the Dulwich Gallery where she copied Turners and worked on drawings that John Ruskin had commissioned for his next edition of Modern Painters. She then proceeded to the Working Woman's College where, as secretary, she handled the financial transactions, the book-keeping, and took over the teaching responsibilities of absent faculty members.
The Memoir 0/ John Grey of Dilston, with its vivid descriptions of family life, contains many autobiographical incidents. It is also autobiographical, however, in a less obvious way: in most of her comments about her father's character and temperament Josephine could have been describing herself. Josephine was not a fanciful biographer; in fact, father and daughter were much alike. Her life, though it took a radical turn, was an extension of the direction given by her parents. During long years of conflict and political activity which took her far from the tranquil setting of her childhood, J osephine remained elose to her family.
30 If it was a matter of choosing between the health of the Armed Services, the dedicated and heroic men who had made Britain the strongest country in Europe, and the civil rights of prostitutes, the choice was dear. Furthermore, venereal disease affected the unborn as weIl as the living; aIl measures to stamp it out must be enacted. The whole of the medical profession, induding the few women doctors, supported the Act and the 42 Josephine Butler Lancet waged an emotional campaign on its behalf.