Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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Photocopy of letter. Written from Montreux.

She wishes to relate plainly her sufferings of the past week; it was a new symptom to her, not heart palpitations, but a dull pain there which deprived her of all her forces and lasted her for three or four hours. Then yesterday morning a kind of despair came over her at the thought of perhaps dying there all alone. She opened her Bible and found the promise which Christ made to his disciples: 'If you desire anything when you pray, believe that you are receiving it, and you shall have it'. She then addressed an appeal to Him that she might get home to England safely and that she might see all her dear children before she died. A great peace came to her; she went to bed early and in the morning felt a good deal stronger. She then took courage and went out and walked about 102 years though she had not been out for three months. She felt better and not worse so she answered his telegram 'rather better, quite hopeful'. The last three months had been a nightmare, her own pains and weakness exacerbated by the 'bitter feeling of hatred to England which is in the air! I assure you it seems like the presence and pressure of 1,000 evil spirits, I believe it is a form of demon tyranny'. Miss Humbert is coming for her the following week to take her to Neuchatel for a few days rest and then would accompany her to Brussels where someone from England could meet her.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Miss Humbert, Livingstone