Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy letter. Written from Balham.

Describes the visit she made to the Aquarium with the two children.

Administrative / Biographical History

'The Aquarium'

'The north side of Tothill Street is almost entirely taken up by the Royal Aquarium and the Imperial Theatre ... The Aquarium which was erected in 1875-1876 ... in the classical style constructed of red brick and Portland stone with an arched roof of glass similar in general plan to that of the Crystal Palace ... It is two storeys in height and contains in the basement a great central tank of salt and fresh water, holding no less than 600,000 gallons. On the ground floor are a series of small tanks for the reception of smaller fish, etc.'

(From Old and New London by Edward Walford and Walter Thornbury - new ed rev 1872-8 vol 4 p 20)

Visit to the Aquarium Nov 7. Josephine Butler's 'Lear' poem on 'the chrysanthemum show at the Aquarium. See sheets at end of letter 'Dindin' or 'Dinnie' was a pet name for Aunt Emmie, Josephine Butler's youngest sister Emily Georgina then married to her 3rd husband FW Thomas.