Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Hotel Bellevue, Neuchatel

The hotel is deserted and she feels very lonely, though Miss Humbert comes daily to see her. There is deep snow and everyone gets about in sleighs which make no noise except for 'the elegant jingling turn out' of the 'young Suchard gentleman (chocolate).'

Recalls how one day at Wimbledon when she and Rhoda were out together, they met Swinburne, the Poet, walking along, and Rhoda was so disgusted with his appearance that she said she would never read any of his poetry. Josephine states that she had just seen in the English newspaper that he has attacked her and her work 'in the most cruel and indecent manner'.

Quotes from a letter she has received from James Stuart giving the impression the Sphinx has made upon him and comments: 'He has not much imagination, so it is something for him to be impressed'.

A cipher telegram received from Charles at Ewart on Christmas Eve states: 'Delayed by cussedness of Vane's Company' [Charles went out to Western Australia in 1895].

'Is Arthur [Bolton] with you just now? ... I hope Frank Hudson will soon get settled. It is hard for poor Con'. Con was Constance Hudson Arthur's sister.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Bolton (1868-1910) son of Jasper Bolton and Emily (nee Grey) youngest sister of Josephine Butler. He entered the Royal Navy as an engineer officer. Constance was his sister and she married Dr Frank Hudson

Biog: Amelie Humbert , Swinburne, James Stuart, Frank and Constance Hudson