Josephine Butler to Stanley and Rhoda Butler

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Photocopy of letter. Written from Lausanne.

She so longs to be back with them and especially to be in 'dear England in her time of sorrow'. But she dare not move till the winter is a little over. England is certainly passing through 'great tribulation' and it may be the beginning of the Armageddon prophesied. But they must remember it is not England only but all the nations who are to walk through the tribulation. She considers however that England is the least guilty of the nations for she has obeyed Christ's great commandment to 'Go ye and teach all nations' and no other nation touches her in this respect. She refers again to the 'subtle and scheming enemy' and how Kruger has been building up modern armaments bought from Germany for many years. Some of the foreign Press is coming round to the point of view that the Boers were the aggressors.

Administrative / Biographical History

Christmas Day [1899]

'We are certainly passing through 'great tribulation' '

See note on 'General Buller's reverse' (known as 'Black Week') in letter of 18 Dec 1899 JB to Stanley

Biog: General Buller, General Wauchope, Cecil Rhodes, Austin Burrell