Josephine Butler to 'Dear beloved friend' [Miss Forsaith] for 'you and Harriet alone'

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Photocopy of letter. Written from [Galewood, Wooler, Northumberland]

She gives her views on prayer and specially asks her two friends she is writing to not to pray too much that she may have a prolonged life. A great change has come in the last year, partly physical weariness, but also an assurance that all those she loves and prays for are 'safe in his hands'. So that now she has 'a strong desire to go soon'. She relates tales of some humble old friends in her northern home (JB was born at Milfield and then at seven years moved with the family to Dilston) who knew her and her father and were overcome with pleasure to see her again.

Says it was very good of Maurice Gregory to write a report of the Dresden Congress [see letter of 30 Sep]. She has returned the report of Mme. Scheven [Ed. Of 'Der Abolitionist' the German organ of the Federation]

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday night, 8 Oct 1904

'how did he [Maurice Gregory] behave at the Congress' This referred to the International Federation Congress held at Dresden Sep 1904. MG wrote a report for her about it

'For you at Harriet alone' Harriet whose full name was Harriet Allen was a friend who lived with Miss Forsaith and whose name was coupled with Miss Forsaith's in many of JB's letters.

Biog: Mrs Bramwell Booth, John Wesley, Maurice Gregory, Mme Scheven, Mrs Terrell