Rev George Butler to his son Stanley

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Written from 280 South Hill Park Road, Liverpool. Gives personal news of family and friends.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday 21 Feb [1874] - no year but refers to Gross as Home Secretary in new Cabinet, which was in Disraeli's 2nd Cabinet formed in Feb 1874.

'Aunt Elizabeth Grey is at the Mount and will stay till next Saturday'

Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Henry Morton married 15 Apr 1858, d 18 Aug 1893 George Annett Grey (1815-1886) elder brother of Charles Grey and Josephine.

The Mount was the home of the Rev George Butler's mother, Sarah Maria, widow of George Butler, dean of Peterborough. She lived there with 3 unmarried daughters till her death in 1872. We have several accounts of visits paid to the Mount by Rev George and members of his family

'Edgar' and 'Ethel'

This was Edgar Garston son of Edgar Garston who married JB's sister, Mary Ann (Tully). He had died in 1873. Ethel was a sister of Edgar (the 2nd) and later married a Mr Frank Budd

'Mr Cardwell is to become Viscount Rivington'

This was one of the honours bestowed by the returning Liberal Government early in 1874

Stanley was the second son of the Butlers born 1854. While the eldest, George, went to Cambridge (Trinity Col), Stanley went to Oxford (Exeter C) in 1872 or 1873. (See letter of 20 Sep 1874, JB to 'Dear Friends')

Rev George's reference to Little Go is to his son at Oxford could be explained by the fact that both entrance exams to Oxford and Cambridge embraced the same subjects, namely classics and mathematics

'Carl the dog' A handsome, thorough-bred retriever, quite black with shining curls' (See 'Recollections of George Butler' by JE Butler p 372)

Biog: Stanley Butler; Mrs Sarah Maria Butler; The Garstons; Gross; Cardwell