Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Written from Ramsgate. Has engaged Exeter Hall for the Annual Meeting of the LNA. Has enjoyed 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' [see Note] George improves but is very weak.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday [?4 Jun] [1887] 'I have signed and returned the agreement about Exeter Hall.' This was presumably the booking of Exeter Hall for the Annual Meeting of the LNA held there on 28 Jul 1887. (For details of the Meeting see 'Sentinel' Aug 1887 p.98 and p.108). This settles the year in which the letter was written; the probably June. 'We are so enjoying 'Little Lord Fauntleroy.' 'This well known children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett was published in 1886 but as the Butlers were abroad most of 1886, only getting home just before Christmas 1886 they would probably not have seen it till their return. 'George improves, though he is very weak.' This was a reference to the Canon who was slowly regaining his health after a severe illness which attacked him when he went abroad in 1886. (See letters of Nov and Dec 1886 from JB about her husband's illness). Biog: Lord Knutsford.