Josephine Butler to 'kind dear friend' [Miss Forsaith]

Scope and Content

No address. No year given, but Boer War was still in progress and deep black-edged notepaper points to death in family, which would be George's wife Mia, 26 Apr 1901.

Asks her if she has any copies of the second edition of her book 'Reminiscences of a Great Crusade' would she send one to her son Charles, and one to Baden Powell. 'God will hear my prayers and bring Lord Roberts and the other truly God-fearing officers to our cause'. Her only feat is that as fighters against the Boers hey will not be believed in or tolerated by English Abolitionists.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade', originally published 1896; second edition 1899.

'... will they [Lord Roberts and others] (as fighters against the Boers) ever be believed in or tolerated by English Abolitionists'

JB in supporting the action of the English in the Boer War ran contrary to the opinions of most of her Abolitionist friends. But she saw in British rule the only hope for civilised development for the native races and she produced a book 'Native Races and the War' in 1900 to prove her point.

Biog: Baden Powell, Lord Roberts