Josephine Butler to 'Dear Miss Mary [Priestman]'

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[Written from 419 Wandsworth Road, London SW.] She does not yet feel equal to speaking at public meetings, so cannot undertake to move a resolution at the Federation Conference that Autumn [see note]. Announces that her sister Mrs Garston [see note] died suddenly the night before; she had always been true to their Cause, and so hospitable and kind when she lived in London.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I doubt I cannot go to the Federation meeting' Meeting of the International Federation for 1893 was held at the Hague 21-24 Sep.

'Also it will be sad for Mrs Garston's daughter Ethel in Genoa, to get the news' [i.e. of Mrs Garston's sudden death] Ethel was the only daughter of Mary Ann (Tully) and Edgar Garston. She married a Mr Frank Budd and they were at this time living in Genoa.

There were therefore two sets of relations in Genoa: Edith, da of Eliza (JB's eldest sister) married to Ludwig Leupold, a Swiss banker, and Mrs Ethel Budd as above.

Biog: Lady Henry Somerset, Mrs Garston, Mrs Smyttan, Ethel Budd (nee Garston)