Princess Louise to Josephine Butler

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/02/43
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5551
  • Dates of Creation
      27 Mar 1869
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Windsor Castle. She thanks her warmly for the letter received. Like her sister, the Crown Princess (Princess Victoria) she supports all efforts to improve the happiness and well being of women. She welcomes the ideas of starting an International Review, though she thinks it would be tactful to avoid mentioning women in the title. She encloses a letter from Miss Garrett on her success in the medical examination in Paris (see note). [6pp]

Administrative / Biographical History

Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939) was the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria. She married Lord Lorne in 1871 and became the Duchess of Argyll when Lord Lorne succeeded his father in 1900 as 9th Duke of Argyll

'My dear sister, the Crown Princess, mentioned this in her letter to you'

This was Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901) wife of Frederick III German emperor

See her letter to Mrs Butler, 7 Dec 1868; which is devoted like this one to the subject of education of women

Some pages are missing from this letter: between pp 2 and 3 and perhaps something between pp 3 and 4

'I send you a letter from Miss Garrett on her successful examination at Paris'

This was Elizabeth Garrett the 1st woman to practice medicine in England. Having obtained a license to practice medicine by passing the examination of the Society of Apothecaries in 1865 she then decided to improve her qualifications. In 1869 the University of Paris opened medical degrees to women and in 1870 after performing two operations and answering the written and oral examinations in French she was awarded MD diploma with credit'

Biog: Princess Louise (1848-1939); Princess Victoria; Dr Elizabeth Garrett Anderson