Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Written from Hamburg.

Discusses possible routes home down the Rhine. Talks about Charles's improved health and how recently he has been climbing in the Alps. That 'locomotor ataxia' which was written over his bed at Netley and a nightmare to her must have been a mistaken diagnosis. Father very sorry over the death of Henry Nethercote, a friend from Harrow days. The visit she and father made to Frankfurt was very enjoyable and it was followed by a call on the Mauschkoffs to whom Uncle Tell (Hatty's husband) had given a letter. Herr M. (a wine prince) had a beautiful house standing in its own grounds and JB's description of it sounded as if it were drawn from the Arabian nights. Though what she liked best were his little dachshunds, and so did he. Two items at the end: 'Father has been hobnobbing with Princess Christian' and 'The Prince of Wales is still here, he was listening to the music with all his Prince Christian nieces round him, one of them is like Thekla' (a daughter of Hatty's)

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday 29 Aug [1886]. 'Dody & Con.' See Note letter of 6 Apr 1886 JB to Stanley. 'to see his Church.' This was the English Church at Grindelwald which Emil Boss the owner of the Bear Inn they were so keen for the Canon to have charge of. (See Notes letters 27 Feb 1885; 29 Aug 1885; 19 Mar 1886 and 28 Mar 1886) 'Uncle Edgar and Aunt Tully.' Aunt Tully was Mary Ann JB's elder sister who married Edgar Garston (he d 1873). They lived in the neighbourhood of Liverpool; but Edgar as a young man had lived on the Continent and knew the Meuricoffres and their circle. 'Father has been hobnobbing with Princess Christian (Helena).' This was the 5th child and 3rd daughter of Queen Victoria m Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein 5 Jul 1886. 'Uncle Charlie.' This was Charles Grey (1825-1915), JB's brother. He lived most of his life in Ireland and from 1853-1862 occupied the post of agent for Lord Derby's Irish estate. In 1863 on the retirement of his father John Grey from the management of the Greenwich estates he took was his father's work. He married (1) Emily Mary (1834-1864) sister of Jasper Bolton who married in 1861 Emily De Pledge, Charles' youngest sister (2) Eliza Jemfrey. He had 2 daughters, Constance (Contie) who d 1884 in the Butler's home and Adela who died 1891 in Switzerland. Later he retired to Dublin and resided there till his death 27 Feb 1915. Biog: Dody & Con; Charles B; Emil Boss; Fritz Boss; Nethercote, Henry; Mr Mauschkoff (wine prince); Princess Christian (Helena); Prince of Wales (later Edward VII); The Garstons; Charles Grey.