Written from St Beatenberg
'Do not let us talk of separation'. Contemplates spending the winters abroad. (See letter dated 23 Jun 1895 concerning recommendation to live at high altitudes for the sake of her health).
Hopes to see her friend before Colmar (International conference 18-20 Sep 1895) and to arrange giving up her Balham house when in England.
'This great bouquet of different questions brought together by the World's Women's Christian Temperance Union'. This refers to the large Conference held at Grindelwald in the summer of 1895. Here Josephine Butler showed herself critical of this movement before the break in 1897 with Lady Henry Somerset, head of the British Branch, over her declaration in favour of Regulation. Josephine Butler had become involved owing to her friendship with and gratitude to Dr Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, and had accepted the invitation to become 'Supervision' of the Union's 'Purity' Section. Josephine Butler had addressed the members on Repeal but she came to believe that her cause had suffered from the union with the World Women's Christian Temperance Union. (See letter dated 3 May 1895 Josephine Butler to the Miss Priestmans)
God has kept her apart from the one work assigned to her. She hopes to publish a short issue of 'Dawn' with the programme of Colmar, but the printer has been absorbed in the General Election.
She dislikes the idea of Chamberlain at the Colonial Office. Asks if they can find at the Office a paper of hers, containing a speech on 'the reclaimability of Prostitutes'.
'poor Mr Banks's death'. He was paid Secretary of the National Association from Oct 1869.