Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Lausanne.

Speaks of the War at some length; her feat that the Boers will fight to the last man; mentions the Gordon Highlanders and 'the fighting fifth' and closes 'I love soldiers and sailors, but I hate war'. Refers to the Queen's emotion over the lists of killed and wounded.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I go back in memory to long ago at Winchester [her home from 1882-90] when the Rifles were ordered out to the 1st Egyptian War under General Stewart'

This was part of the campaign to rescue General Gordon cut off in Khartoum. Wolseley was in command but owing to delays he only reached Cairo in Sep 1884 and was not able to start from Wady Halfa until 5 Oct. For 3 months the force under Wolseley fought its way up the Nile to Khartoum - a picked force under Sir Herbert Stewart cut across the desert at the 2nd large S curve and when nearly back to the river General Stewart was mortally wounded. This mishap and other delays resulted in the fatal late arrival: 28 Jan 1885 and Khartoum had been stormed and Gordon killed on the 26th

(See Ensor England 1870-1914 p 82-3)

Biog: General Sir Herbert Stewart, Lord Kitchener, Mr JA Balfour