Josephine Butler to Catty [Stanley]

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/16/04
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5218
  • Dates of Creation
      [22 Apr] 1877
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of incomplete letter. Written from Liverpool. Dated Sunday evening Spring 1877. Describes her visit to Birmingham for a series of meetings and how pleased she finds the Quaker method of approach and communion with Gods. Thinks that if her son George could live among such people 'he would come to believe there was some cheering and vital force in Christianity'. Refers to a coalmine disaster and the horror of being in the bowels of the earth in darkness for ten days and a few only rescued.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I got home from Birmingham on Friday [the 20th] ... we had several meetings mostly of a devotional kind'. The friends of Repeal held a series of devotional and semi private meetings in Birmingham, which were organised by the Ladies Committee and began on Monday the 16th. At the last of these meetings 'it was made known to the meeting that Miss Humbert who had been actively and effectively assisting Mrs Butler in her labours during the last year was returning to Switzerland in consequence of illness of her mother'. A public meeting in aid of Repeal was held on the 19th under the auspices of the LNA in the lecture room of the YMCA. Mrs Butler addressed the meeting. (The Shield 28 Apr 1877 pp115, 117). '... he is still at Balgorie'. This referred to James Stuart whose home was at Balgorie, Fifeshire. 'what an excitement there has been about the buried miners'. Not certain what mine disaster this refers to. The only one mentioned in the 'List of colliery explosions compiled from the Reports of the Inspectors of Mines' which fits in with date is: 10 Mar 1877 Weigfuch, Swansea. Lives lost: 18 (R Nelson Boyd 'Coal pits and pitmen' 1892).'Goat'; Family pet name for son George.