Josephine Butler to Bob Butler (grandson)

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. No address

He had said in a letter to her that he was surprised to see how many distinguished people she knew. She explains that this was not her doing but because his grandfather Butler [the Rev George, JB's husband] 'was himself such a distinguished man...our early married life in Oxford was a time of 'brilliant' men'. His grandfather also had 'the characteristic of his family 'a genius for friendship'. Also when she sees him next she can tell much that will interest him about his great-grandfather [the very Rev George Butler, Dean of Peterborough], and even further back, about his great great grandfather [Rev Weeden Butler]. She had learnt much from the old Dean who told her 'such of his own history and that of his father and grandfather, wonderful and beautiful stories.' She closes with 'Don't imagine I am distinguished except at second hand'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Rev George Butler (1819-1890), Very Rev George Butler (1774-1853), Dean of Peterborough, HM Harrow, Rev Weeden Butler (1742-1823)