Josephine Butler to her friends [the Priestmans]

Scope and Content

Incomplete letter

'her little fist as if she meant to be a warrior'

This probably refers to granddaughter Hetha, daughter of George and Mia born on 26 Jul 1896.

Both JB and her future daughter-in-law, Margaret Talbot, are longing for Charles's return. His letters take two months to reach them from his inland desert [see note].

Administrative / Biographical History

'Charles Butler': The last communication from Charles had been a telegram Christmas Eve to say he had started for home and then been recalled by telegram by his Company and had to return to the 'burning desert'. When Josephine Butler wrote to the Company they said he would not be detained long. (See letter of Josephine Butler to Rhoda 18 Jan 1897). Charles finally got home some time in Jul 1897 and was admitted to St Thomas's Hospital suffering from a 'typhoidal condition' of the bowels. (See letters from Josephine Butler dated 28 Jul and 1 Aug 1897).

Date of this letter probably early Apr 1897.

For letters about causes of his delay see note attached to letter dated 1 Jan 1897 Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler.

Biog: Charles, Margaret Talbot, Mr W Clark