Josephine Butler to her dear friends [the Priestmans]

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Written from Hotel des Alpes, Territet, Vaud. Sending greetings for the New Year. She finds her new place of residence much less cold. She had an attack on Christmas day (her first Christmas quite alone) but now much better. This place has sad memories for her as she and her husband were together there as late as Apr 1889. Today she had a message to say that Adela was passing away.

Administrative / Biographical History

'My dear one and I were here together so late as Apr 1889' This was a brief trip the Butlers took in Jan 1889 to the Riviera to get away from the English winter returning home early in May via Switzerland.

'Today I had a message from The Ried that dearest Adela is 'passing away' ... her friend berthe ...' Adela lived in the house of the famous painter Paul Robert whose daughter Berthe was devoted to Adela and nursed her with every care till she died. The house stood on the edge of a pine forest on the slopes of the Jura. (See letter from JB to Rhoda 4 Nov 1890) (Further references in letter of 30 Dec)

'Kindly post the enclosed for me, the Arch bp of York's wife (widow) used to be our friend long ago at Oxford' Relations of the Abolutionists with the Arch bp had not been happy. See letters of 23 Dec 1872 (JB to HJWilson) and Jan 1874 (JB to son George). The Archbishop died in 1890.

In 1855 he married Zoe daughter of James Henry Skerne, British Consol of Aleppo and granddaughter of James Skerne of Rubislaw, the friend of Sir Walter Scott. By her he had 9 children (DNB)

Biog: William Thomson, Archbishop of York and wife; Adela Grey; Berthe Robert