Canon George Butler to the Dean of Winchester

Scope and Content

Written from Hotel du Paradis, Cannes. Says he has not been in good writing condition for some days. Very cold even there with snow covering the hills.

P.S. from his wife explaining the serious condition of her husband:' it is of no use to fancy that my husband can rake up his Residence duties again, though he himself clings to the idea'. The great thing is to get him home and George (the son) will come out to help.

Administrative / Biographical History

'We are wondering what will come of the attacks on made on the Government by Labouchere and others ... We rejoice of course in any blows the Government gets'

In 1886 (Aug) Lord Salisbury's 2nd Cabinet was formed with Lord Randolph Churchill as Chancellor of the Exchequer and lead of the House and AJ Balfour in Mar 1887 succeeding Sir M Hicks Beach as Irish Secretary.

Two things diminished their popularity: Balfour's coercion policy in Ireland 'The revelation of forgery [forged letter attributed to Parnell printed in 'The Times' Apr 1887] sapped confidence in the whole case against Home Rule'

Later in the year everything was altered by the disclosure of Mrs O'Shea's place in Parnell's private life.

(From Ensor England 1870-1914 p.183)

Canon Warburton was one of the Canons at Winchester Cathedral.

The Dean of Winchester was Rev George William Kitchin; he was in that post 1883-1894; and was then given the post of Dean of Durham.

The two families (Butler and Kitchin) were on very friendly terms.

Biog: Rev GW Kitchin, Dean of Winchester; Bp Summer; Labouchere; AJ Balfour; Canon Warburton