Josephine Butler to Rhoda and Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

First page missing.

No date but circa Mar 1895. See letter of 24 Jan [1895]

'They had been laying their heads together to 'pay back that money some time to Aunt Josie, if we have to starve for it'

Josephine Butler had lent the Thomas family some money. Emmie (Josephine Butler's youngest sister) had married Mr FW Thomas (third husband) who must have had a family of his own and very little money to support them.

'I had yesterday a letter from Cardinal Vaughan from Rome'. At the suggestion of Cardinal Vaughan, Josephine Butler had written a personal letter to the Pope [Leo XIII 1877-1903] for the Cardinal to present to him when he was in Rome (see letter dated 24 Jan 1895).

Cardinal Vaughan has now written to her to say that 'The Holy Father has made up his mind to issue such a document as you desire'

So now she waits for an Encyclical to be published.

'It is just 14 months since I was in Rome'

Josephine Butler was in Rome the winter of 1893/1894 and while there was struck down with a malignant form of malaria. She was very ill for some days but gradually recovered (See letter dated 7 Mar 1894).

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Cardinal Vaughan, The Thomas Family, Dr Agnes McLaren, The Pope, Leo XIII