Josephine Butler to Hatty (her sister Mrs Meuricoffre)

Scope and Content

Written from Antibes. She has to come home early in Feb for Parliament work so can only come to her for ten days; instructs her not to do anything for her enjoyment, all she wants is to see her. Doors were opened for her in Paris in a wonderful way; told her of some of the public men and women she met. She suffered badly from the cold accentuated with lack of comfort in the hotels, half-cold tea, fires sunk far back in the wall.

Administrative / Biographical History

Tully = Mrs Mary Ann Garston, an elder sister of JB. Her husband Edgar Garston died in 1893. Known to the family as Aunt Tully

Edith = Edith Leupold, JB's niece with home at Genoa

'The Closes don't seem to feel cold at all fires are not much approved of'

The Close family had a 'beautiful home' at the Cap d'Antibes called Closebrook and the Butlers often visited them there on the way to Switzerland or when staying at Cannes

Biog: James Stansfeld; Madame MacMahon; Jules Favre; Jules and Madame Simon; The Closes