JA Froude to Rev George Butler

Scope and Content

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.'

Administrative / Biographical History

'I have got ashore with something worth having saved out of the water.' JA Froude was referring to his visits to South Africa at the Government's request in 1874 and 1875. Lord Carnarvon, who became Colonial Secretary in 1874, favoured a scheme for the Federation of the four white South African communities (Natal, Cape Town, Transvaal and Orange Free State). 'His first proposals were ill received in South Africa; and when he sent out JA Froude on a personal mission to explain them, that distinguished historian's two visits (1874 and 1875) only increased the local distrust of Downing St.' (Taken from England 1870-1914 by RCK Ensor)

Biog: James Anthony Froude (1818-1894); Mr Solomon was an indefatigable worker in keeping his state (Cape Town) free from the Acts (Contagious Diseases Acts). See correspondence between Saul Solomon, JB and HJ Wilson (In Index under Solomon).

Biog: Saul Solomon.