Saying how his letter written during a visit to her old home country (Morpeth, Alnwick, Wooler and Milfield) has taken her back into a long dream of the past. She recalls specially the 'great annual County Ball' at Alnwick with the Grey family standing in the middle of the ballroom 'deep in some Liberal political intrigue'. Then the arrival of the Castle party (the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland who were Conservative) 'and the Liberal group would break up'. Describes her dancing partners and the dresses she and her sisters wore: 'Aunt Fanny and Aunt Hatty and I were great belles'. She is sending the letter to Aunt Hatty as 'she has a fanatical love for that country'
'I send you a touching letter from dear old Powles about Lord Coleridge and about George's accident. Don't show it to George, as it takes rather a discouraged view'.
The Rev Cowley Powles was an old friend of her late husband. They first became acquainted soon after George Butler came into residence at Exeter College, Oxford in 1840 and the friendship continued until George's death in 1890 and beyond. (See 'Recollections of George Butler' by JB, 1892, p 22, pp 133-134).