Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford of Leeds

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool. She thanks her for letter and donation and hopes to see her friend and all her family at Leeds at Christmas.

Notes: Letter dated '4 Nov' [1875] - no year given but watermark on paper is 1874. References in the letter to unanswered letters and 'weight of pain still to carry' point to 1875. Also 1875 was the year of her breakdown when for several summer months she had to give up all work and only began to write letters in her own hand towards the end of that year.

Administrative / Biographical History

'With love to your dear girls and 'Rolly'. The family consisted of Mrs Ford's husband (referred to in letter of 27 Dec [1872], a son Rawlinson, and three girls, one of whom Miss Emily Ford carried on her mother's friendship and generous gifts to Josephine Butler after Mrs Ford's death early in 1882.

'The sovereign enclosed' was probably sent by Mrs Ford for one of Josephine Butler's 'Rescue cases'. See letter of 1 Nov to Mrs Wilson when she laments that she has no money to help some poor girls. Biog: Mrs Ford.