Josephine Butler to [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Fragment of letter. Dated: some time before the 24 Jan [8 Jan?]. With part of a rota for corporate prayer at the Convention of 24 & 25 Jan. Thanks the Priestmans and Miss Estlin for their kind interest in her Hospital (see Note). Good news that Miss Humbert is back and will begin to help her again. Her niece Adela is also with her 'all the sick ones come here'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Baxter was known as 'The Healer of Bethsham.'She ran the 'House of Healing' in North London. JB went there once and described it in a letter to Stanley Mar 26 1884. 'Rev Septimus Buss'. Described by JB as an active liberal clergyman from Hackney. 'my niece Rhoda'. She was the daughter of JB's sister Emily by her 2nd husband Jasper Bolton. 'Mary' was Miss Mary Priestman, the 2nd of the 2 Miss Priestmans with whom JP corresponded so much. 'Miss Humbert is back and will begin to help me again.' Mlle Amelie Humbert daughter of M. Aime Humbert (Continental Agent of the Federation). She gave up a lot of her time to acting as secretary for JB in which capacity she proved an invaluable aid with her knowledge of languages and high intelligence; she also became a devoted friend of JB's. 'Adela' was a daughter of JB's brother Charles (by his 1st wife) who went to Switzerland for health reasons and died there in 1890. JB visited her there. 'Please thank dear Mary for her letter and kind interest (& Miss Estlin's) in our hospital'. This had been started in Winchester by JB on the model of the one she had had at Liverpool. Date: This was another of the undated letters and fragments dealing with preparations for the Friends' Association Convention of Jan 24 & 25. Date therefore Jan 1883 before the 24th. Biog: Mrs Baxter; Miss Estlin; Rev Septimus Buss; Samuel Smith MP; Mr J.P. Gledstone; Miss Humbert.