Rev George Butler to George Butler (son)

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Written from Genoa. They will stay on at Genoa till they hear better news from him about Charles. The Carnival is on now. The long journey there tired his mother. News of the nieces.

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9 Mar 1886. 'I hope we may hear better news of Charles before we leave this [place]; as we do not like to advance on our journey when we are in uncertainty about him.' Charles as usual was on the sick list. In 1883 in letter from JB to Miss Priestman she wrote: our son Charles has had a very severe attack of fever and pain'. Also in a letter from Mlle Humbert from Winchester to Mrs Tanner 17 Jan [1886] she says: 'we have pretty good news from dear Mrs Butler although her son [Charles] is not so bright as we might wish.' 'We had a long hunt after Ethel Budd's house.' Ethel was a daughter of an older sister of JB's. Mary Ann who married Edgar Garston and had 2 children, Edgar and Ethel. Ethel married a Mr Budd. 'Edith' was a daughter of JB's eldest sister Hannah Eliza who married and went out to China; was left a widow and returned to England with 4 children, one of them being Edith. Edith married a Swiss banker Ludwig Leupold and lived at Genoa. Her home was a centre of hospitality for all her relations. 'I called on Sunday afternoon at Brooks Close and saw Miss Close.' The Close family were old friends of the Butlers. The Rev Francis Close was Dean of Carlisle and supported the movement both with his pen and by liberal donations of money. At the end of her first campaign in Paris the winter of 1874-1875 JB went on to the Riviera and spent some time at the Cap d'Antibes with Mrs Close and her family. In Jan 1878 JB went with her husband to Cannes 'where we spent together 2 or 3 weeks again visiting from the Close Brooks at the Cap d'Antibes the beautiful home of the Close family.' (Life of George Butler, by his wife p.286 and 316) 'Aunt Tully': was the family's pet name for Mrs Garston, mother of Ethel Budd (see above). Biog: Charles Butler; Ethel Budd; Edith Leupold; Rev Frances Close,; Dean of Carlisle.