Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written in rooms near George's house at Wimbledon

Mr Watts, the artist who painted her in Oct 1895, had arranged another sitting for two and a half hours on the Thursday of that week, and George will take her there and call for her.

'Stuart is at Corton, asleep'. This is a small village on the Suffolk coast not far from Lowestoft; ideal for a tired man.

'Mr Minod and I are left alone to do all the work which still remains to be done for the Berne Conference ... Besides that I have my book to finish up, last proofs to correct and index etc. to be done ...'

At the moment she is at a low ebb; she has had another very bad attack and this, combined with a pressure of work for the coming Federation Conference at Berne on 14-20 Sep, and the absence on holiday of anyone who could help her, is more than her health and strength can stand. She suggests therefore getting away at the beginning of the month and perhaps Stanley would join her at Dover or Calais, and from there travel to Berne.

A comment from her on an incident in Parliament just before it adjoined for recess: the last hours were 'spent in a battle over our Federation question, which has added considerably to my correspondence. It was rather an amusing incident in the House'

Administrative / Biographical History

In a letter dated 17 Jul 1896 from Josephine Butler to Rhoda she says 'thank you for approving of my book dear. It has not been long in the hands of the Press. But it is being reviewed'

The two remarks in the letters of 18 Aug and 17 Jul respectively seem a little difficult to reconcile, but presumably advanced copies of the text were released to the Press before final corrections and indexing had been done.

Biog: GF Watts, James Stuart, Minod