Josephine Butler to Mrs Ford.

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Derwent Island. No year given. The letter deals with her rescue work in Liverpool, for which the great obstacle is 'the utter want of funds'. Depressed, she speaks of being anxious to leave home and live abroad, for the calls on her purse, and on her husbands 'are so far beyond what we can meet'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Derwent Island'. This was one of the holiday homes of the Marshall family. In 'The Life of George Butler' by his wife she gives the following account of it: 'The summer holidays of 1862 and 1863 were delightfully spent in part with our hospitable friends, the family of Mr Henry Marshall, at Derwent Island, in Derwentwater Lake. (see p.152) 'I have been on the Continent three months working hard and have been only a fortnight at home'. This would date the letter to 1876 as it is known that she spent the summer of 1876 on the Continent and with the help of M Aime Humbert setting up a working Committee to organise the Geneva Conference of 1877. 'I often don't know where to turn for funds'. There are constant references in her letters to their financial position especially as regards giving to charities. The calls upon them are so many. See Josephine Butler's letter dated 16 Oct 1872 to Henry Wilson where she gives the details of their income. Josephine Butler's rescue work began in Liverpool and she was very unwilling to give it up completely. Though, as explained here, the difficulty of raising money for causes outside her main work was very great.

Biog: Mrs Ford.