Rev George Butler to his son George

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. News that Aunt Rebecca is dead (one of the Gray family, see note) and has left George £100. Asks him to attend the funeral and to tell the Gray cousins that he is debarred from leaving home. Health report: 'I am lean and yellow; but Brown says I am going on as he could wish'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Uncle Spencer tells me that Aunt Rebecca is dead ... She has left you £100 ... you will tell the Gray cousins that I am debarred from learning here.' The Canon's mother was born Sarah Maria Gray (no relation of the Grey family into which the Canon married) so that 'Aunt Rebecca' was presumably a sister of the Canon's mother. 'Uncle Spencer' was a younger brother of the Canon born in 1828, held a succession of official legal appointments. Biog: Spencer Percival Butler; Dr Markby.