Josephine Butler from to [Miss Priestman]

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/25/14
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4070
  • Dates of Creation
      11 Apr 1886
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Fragment of a letter. Written from Palzzo Caprioli, Vico Calascione, Naples. She relates that they moved from Naples to where they are now, and then she also was caught by malaria. 'Let no one ever come to Naples for health'. Her final remark: 'What a wonderful speech of Gladstone's on Ireland'.

Includes crossed out sketch of a woman's face.

Administrative / Biographical History

[c 11 Apr 1886] 'After my husband recovered, we had a nice time of work ... Then we came here, and ... the malaria caught me ... We meant to be home on the 1 May but ... I don't think I can move for another week.' See letters of 26 & 28 Mar about the Canon's illness. This letter obviously about 10 days after Canon's illness. Adela Grey was a niece of JB's, a daughter of her brother Charles Grey. She had helped to nurse Constance when she was very ill at JB's home in Jan 1884 (she finally died in Feb 1886). 'What a wonderful speech of Gladstone's on Ireland.' 'On 8 Apr amid phenomenal public excitement the bill [Home Rule Bill] was introduced by Gladstone in a masterly 3 1/2 hour speech.' See Ensor England 1870-1914 p.97) Biog: Adela Grey.