Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy. [Written from Cannes]. Letter devoted to a description with sketches done by JB of a style with crossover bodice she had admired on Beatrice Thomasson, who was staying with her parents [old friends of the Butlers] at Cannes at the time they first went there in Feb [see letter of 17 Feb 1889 from JB to Stanley] She is sending Josephine 'a little linen dress from Apensell in Turgau'. [Apensell was famous for its embroideries].

Administrative / Biographical History

'I wanted to try and give you an idea of Beatrice Thomasson'. The Thomassons, old friends, were staying at Cannes at the same time as Mr and Mrs Butler. In her letter of 17 Feb 1889 she describes a visit paid to them at their hotel the day before their departure for Mentone. 'Beatrice [their daughter] had a most lovely costume on which I must describe a part to Rhoda'. This JB does in this letter of 29 Mar with sketches of the dresses she describes. 'Appensell' was famous for its embroideries. It is a town in Switzerland in the centre of the same name. Biog: The Thomassons.