Josephine Butler to Emily Ford

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Liverpool. She would have written before but had so much business to do connected with breaking up the home. She writes on the theme of Emily waiting on a call from God. 'It was not a call to my special work (of the Federation)...not at all. For I do not advise you to take it up. I do not think it is suited to you.' But if she can give herself up to God the outside life will shape itself to the changed inward life.

Administrative / Biographical History

'In connection with our breaking up our home here': the Rev George had resigned from his headship of Liverpool College and a new man appointed (see letter of 4 May, Rev George to his wife) and the home they had occupied for 15 years had to be cleared. 'Emily Ford' The Fords were a Leeds family consisting of Mr and Mrs Ford, a son and three daughters, of whom Emily was the middle one. 'All the women of the family were warm supporters of JB and the Repeal movement. The mother was very generous in her gifts both for JB's special projects and in helping her in times of illness involving herself and the family. Mrs Ford lived to 1886 but at this time when JB left Liverpool her health began to fail and the correspondence was mostly carried on with Emily. The Fords were Quakers. JB was also very fond of the Quaker form of religion and often attended their meetings. Hence her remark here 'Ever since I saw you at the Friends' meetings.' Biog: Mrs Ford; Ford family.