Baron Sandford to Rev. George Butler [see note]

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from the Council Office [Edinburgh]. Regrets that Rev. George is not standing for the rectorship of Edinburgh Academy, but admits that there are not many 'inducements to scholars to cross the Tweed'. Asks to be remembered to 'my old friend Charlie Grey' [See note]

Administrative / Biographical History

Frances Richard Sandford, 1st Baron Sandford (1824-1893) was a civil servant and Privy Councillor

In 1848 he entered the Education Office and remained there till 1854

'I am sorry for the sake of the Academy that you do not stand'

In 1854 George Butler was in Oxford where he occupied the post of Examiner to the University 1852-1857

The Academy where the Rectorship was vacant was the Edinburgh Academy

'my old friend 'Charlie' Gray'

This may be Charles Grey, the brother of Josephine Butler but it seems unlikely that a man in the educational world and knowing the Butlers well, would make that mistake between Grey and Gray unless it is a slip of the pen

For Charles Grey see Biog Index

Biog: Francis Richard John Sandford, 1st Baron Sandford (1824-1893); Charles Grey