Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy. Written from Liege [where the International Conference of the Federation was being held]. Writes in great spirits to say that they 'have had the most extraordinary and successful crusade here'. The day before they went down the river and held a meeting by invitation of the workmen at the John Cockerill's Foundry, the largest in Europe. Ends with a special message to her niece Aimee

Date: Wednesday [11 Aug 1879]

Administrative / Biographical History

A detailed account of the International Conference of the Federation held at Liège in 1879 was given in a series of letters [put together in an exercise book] from JB to Miss Priestman. This is a short but vivid account for her son. 'we went down the river Meuse ... to a place called Seraing, it is the largest foundry in Europe.' Seraing was then the home of the largest foundry on the continent. The firm founded by John Cockerill (1790-1840) an Englishman, in 1817 with the co-operation of King William I of the Netherlands. He built large works, including an iron foundry and blast furnace. The construction of the Belgian railways in 1834 gave great impetus to these works. At his death the iron works were carried on under the name of 'La Société Cockerill' at Seraing. 'my love to Aimée.' Aimee was a niece of JB's, the daughter of her sister Emily by her first husband William de Pledge, who died in 1860. Aimée married a Monty Chapman and lived for many years in Washington. They had four children between 1882 and 1903. (Taken from 'A Record of Kinship' by ARC Bolton [a descendant of Emily through her second husband, Jasper Bolton].) Typed copy 28 Feb 1971. Biog: John Cockerill; Y Guyot; Aimée (niece).