Josephine Butler to Stanley and Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Grindelwald. Gives an account of her journey to Grindelwald from Neuchatel. On the way she stopped at Lausanne and stayed the night with the Buscarlets, who had a lovely house outside the town with luxurious appointment (a contrast from her husband's lodging at Serrieres). They had invited a whole school of English girls to tea (before they knew she was coming) and among them a cousin of James Stuart's wife. The next day she went to the Grindelwald reminded all the way of former happy family parties and excursions and of her husband's sketches. She had to wait at Interlaken and looked up some hotelier friends whom they had got to know well in the past. One in particular who had been very good to the Canon at Territet in 1899 and bore an astonishing resemblance to her own son Charles, had just bought the Beau Rivage Hotel there, which pleased her very much. Finally reached Grindelwald and was warmly received by the Boss sons. No visitors yet; they do not come till real frost and deep snow come. Fritz Boss had heard from Herbert Kitchin [the Dean of Winchester] about wood carving (memorial to the Canon) in the Church. She is staying a night with the Buscarlets on the way back.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Rhoda Bolton' - daughter of Emily Georgina Grey and Jasper Bolton who married Stanley Butler (JB's son and therefore her 1st cousin) in 1886.

'one of the numerous race of Cousins-Hardys' Correct version of this name is Cozens-Hardy.

The mother of Miss Laura Colman who married James Stuart was a Cozens-Hardy.

The wedding of James Stuart and Miss Laura Colman took place 16 Jul 1890.

Biog: The Buscarlets; Herbert Kitchin (Dean of Winchester); Boss Family; Rhoda Bolton