Photocopy of letter. Written from 5 [Ons]low Gardens, [London]. He refers in cryptic terms to his visits to South Africa in 1874 and 1875, at the Government's request, to test the reaction to their scheme for the Federation of the four white South African communities.
Note re. date: The visits date the letter to 1875. Also accords with Josephine Butler's illness in 1875 when she was out of action for several months. 'I am grieved to hear that Mrs Butler is not well.' 'Will it comfort her [JB] to know that her friend Saul Solomon was my Deus ex machina at last.'