Canon George Butler to Hatty

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool to La Gordanne nr. Rolle, Canton Vaud one of the homes of the Meuricoffres. Hope they enjoyed their trip to the Tyrol. Josephine is pretty well again works in the dining room with window wide open on the garden while he is at College (he was Head of Liverpool College 1866-1882) He has taken up sketching. They hope to be at Paris for the Conference on the 24th. Gives news of various members of the family.

Includes envelope 'Letter from my father Canon George Butler, to Aunt Hatty Meuricoffre, written on 27 Aug 1878, from Liverpool, and addressed evidently to La Goranne near Rolle, Canton Vaud. Sent to me in Feb 1917 by Miss Chambers, Executrix, see her card within', and black bordered card 'Executrix to Aunt Hatty, Miss Chambers 8 The Avenue, Bedford'

Administrative / Biographical History

Hatty [1830-1901] sister of Josephine Butler m. to Meuricoffre and lived in Italy the Butlers often stayed with them. 'glad to hear that you have arrived at the Gordonne.' This was one of the homes of the Meuricoffres situated on the Lake of Geneva, nr Rolle, Canton of Vaud. The Butlers often stayed there.

'We hope to be at Paris on the 24th for the Conference.' This refers to the International Conference of the Federation held that year in Paris, starting 24 Sep 1878.

'Charlie': Youngest son of the Butlers.

'my brother Montagu': At that time Headmaster of Harrow (1859-1885); he had 4 children.

'Emily': A sister of Rev George. After the death of their father, Dean of Peterborough 3 of the daughters, Emily, Gertrude and Ellen lived with their widowed mother at Harrow till her death in 1872. 'Arthur': A younger brother of Rev George. In 1875 he returned to Oxford as dean and tutor of Oriel College. He married in 1877. 'Jane St Paul': Was the wife of Sir Horace St Paul. In 1893 their daughter Mia married George G Butler son of Rev George. Jane was the daughter of George Annett Grey and Eliza Boyd and granddaughter of John Grey of Dilston so that George and Mia were first cousins. Jane had been in delicate health since the birth of her child (1868) Mia but did not die till 1881. 'Spencer' Percival Butler was a younger brother of George. He married May Kendall and they had 8 children.

Biog: Montagu Butler; Arthur Butler; Spencer Percival Butler; Arthur Butler; Emily Butler; Charlie Butler; Jane St Paul.