Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/44/12
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5378
  • Dates of Creation
      2 Mar 1900
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from St Ives.

Rejoices in the relief of Ladysmith [28 Feb 1900] and hopes that peace 'founded on justice' may be reached soon. Also that Mafeking will soon be relieved. [not until 17 May 1900]. She feels very bitter against Stead. Calls him 'the Traitor and Slanderer of his people' and obviously regards his opinion responsible for the wrecking of a Mrs Theodore Woods' home. An account of JB's visit to Charles and Maggie's baby at St Ives.

Administrative / Biographical History

'It is a great joy to hear of the relief of Ladysmith' Ladysmith is a town in Natal, South Africa. It was besieged by the Boers 2 Nov 1899-28 Feb 1900 during the South African War; siege relieved by Buller

'How humorous Baden-Powell is! Have you seen his last joke? I hope Mafeking will soon be relieved' Mafeking is a town in the NE of Cape Province, South Africa. It is chiefly famous for the siege during the S African War when it was successfully defended against the Boers by a small garrison, under Baden-Powell, which held out from 12 Oct 1899 until 17 May 1900

'... Stead, the Traitor and Slanderer of his people' Stead was anti-Boer War, from the beginning and devoted all his energies as a journalist to writing pro Boer and anti war articles. As E Whyte in his 'Life of Stead' says: 'In the eyes of the War Party he was of course a liar and a traitor: and the War Party constituted at least 2/3 if not 3/4 of the nation' ('Life of Stead' by E Whyte p 168)

'Emma' was a protégée of JB's who came over from France to England and was in domestic employment (not altogether successfully) in 1875

(See letters of that year, 7 Jun, 14, 23 Aug, 2, 10, 25 Sep, 7 Oct)

Here we find her helping Charlie's wife Maggie and the two chattering in French in the kitchen

'Maggie' was the wife of Charles (JB's youngest son). They were married on 31 Aug 1897

Rosalind was their 1st child, spoken of here as the baby born in 1898

Biog: RSS Baden-Powell, WT Stead, Sir Redvers Henry Buller