Josephine Butler to her friends the Priestmans

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/33/33
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4342
  • Dates of Creation
      24 Jul 1894
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Galewood, near Wooler, Northumberland. Dated 24 Jul, no year, but reference to the accident of her son, George, which was in 1894.

'When I look back to the Conference'. Conference of the Federation met in London on 12-13 Jul 1894

'All our foreign friends whom I hear from have been so pleased with their reception'. She relates an interesting visit she had from a distinguished Russian lady at the insistence of her son who has the desire to devote himself to the work of the Federation in Russia.

'The next 'Dawn', a double one, will be expensive'. This was published in Aug 1894 and gave a full account of the Conference held in Jul.

'I am sorry about my dear George ... it was a cruel accident'. (See letters of 1 May 1894). Josephine Butler's son George was still able to do very little either physically or mentally as a result of his accident

£20. Presented to M.Minod (Geneva) as a mark of appreciation for his work for the Federation.

Administrative / Biographical History

Galewood was a house on the estate of Ewart Park to which George (after his forced retirement in 1895) finally retired. The estate belonged to his wife, Maria, Countess St Paul, through her father Sir Horace St Paul 2nd and last Bt.

The family seat was Ewart Park, Wooler, Northumberland.

George attempted a return to his work as Examiner to the Civil Service Commissioners but found he was unable to carry out his duties and so had to retire at the end of 1895.

Josephine Butler in a letter of 1 Jun 1894 from Galewood says: 'George's work people and gardener are already preparing Galewood for the family to come to about the middle of Jul 1894, to leave Wart to be cleaned etc'

She also says she hopes to get to Cornhill, a village on the Tweed, where the Butlers often stayed when the Canon was alive) on 17 or 18 Jul.

By 24 Jul (the date of this letter) Josephine Butler is back in Galewood with George still very weak and able to do very little as a result of his accident. Little Josephine and Bob have joined the party.

Biog: M Minod, Miss Bewicke, Little Josephine and Bob