Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends' [the Priestmans]

Scope and Content

Written from [Wimbledon] She is delighting in the gifts of 'the sweet white shawl' and 'Josephine loves her doll dearly'. She has had another bad lung attack and specialist say warm climate the only thing for her.

Administrative / Biographical History

30 Dec [1891]. Probably 1891 as she speaks of little Josephine with her. See letters of 23 Jun and 15 Jul 1891.

'Josephine loves her doll dearly. She remembers you all'

Little Josephine had been in the care of her grandmother all the year, with intervals under the direct care of the doctor. See letters of 4 & 23 Jun, 15 Jul 1891.

'Agnes McLaren has asked me to stay with her'

Dr Agnes McLaren lived on the Riviera. She was an old friend of the Butlers and kept an eye on them when they came to recuperate in the sunshine. She was herself a Roman Catholic and was of great assistance to JB in arousing the interest of the Catholic hierarchy in her campaign.

Biog: Agnes McLaren; Miss Estlin