Memoranda from Liverpool

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Author unknown - a close friend and fellow worker of JB

Administrative / Biographical History

Date: 'The Constitution violated' by JE Butler was published 1871. Date of MS therefore 1871 or 1872

'Mrs H Martineau' - This was Harriet Martineau who lived from 1845 to her death in 1876 in Ambleside. In her latter years her niece Miss Jane Martineau was her aunt's companion and secretary. The worked cover for the ottoman was at her death in 1876 bought by the Society and was given to Mrs Butler as a present.

'The autograph book with the letters from the Crown Princess' - This was Victoria, Queen Victoria's eldest daughter born 1840 and married Jan 1858 to Prince Frederick of Prussia, afterwards Frederic III German Emperor who reigned for the brief period 9 Mar to 15 Jun of 1888, when he died

She was interested in all works of social empowerment and when in 1875 JB sent a pamphlet she had written on the subject of the work on the Continent she had back a very kind and gracious letter saying how interested she was in the subject and how she would welcome more literature on the subject. (See 'Shield' 1 Dec 1870 p 298)

'Ask Charlie after the rabbits and the larks' - Charlie, the youngest son was born in 1857

'to admire the paintings in the drawing room by Mr and Mrs Butler ... and to ask her to play to you' - There are many references to their pursuit of sketching out of doors both in Northumberland and Switzerland and as amateurs went they ranked high especially the Rev George. Mrs Butler's playing of the piano was also a great pleasure to her friends. She had a very good grand piano given her as a wedding present and musical evenings were a feature of their social life when they lived at Oxford (1852-1856) and were carried on when time allowed in later years

'would you see if there are any of those large sheets from the 'Devonport Independent' containing Mrs King's letters about Sarah Back' - The 'Devonport Independent' of Aug 18 1870 published a letter written by Sarah Back about her sufferings in the Royal Albert Hospital as one of the 'patients who can work and whose services can be placed at their disposal' ('Shield' 17 Sep 1870 p 221)

Witnesses to her mark X (Sarah Back)

Isabella Henly

Mary Priestman

18 Aug 1870 Stonehouse Workhouse

24 Sep 1870 In the Shield was given a letter addressed to 'Devonport Independent' about Sarah Back - signed by EM King, 31 St Aubyn St, Devonport

Biog: Mrs F Bishop; Miss Yates; Harriet Martineau; Crown Princess of Prussia; Mrs EM King