Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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Photocopy of a letter. Written from La Gordanne.

She fears that 'the close of the century will be war'. She has just had a letter from Yves Guyot and even he sees things rather black just now. She finds the discussions in the Courde Cassation [Court of Appeal] about the Dreyfus revision of absorbing interest; it is obvious that they have been convinced for long of the innocence of Dreyfus and the guilt of Esterhazy and his supporters. But the Generals will have none of it and in their rage they are capable of a coup d'etat. De Morsier begged her to come to Paris to see a few of the good men; Guyot would so like to see her and Mme Dreyfus.

Administrative / Biographical History

'It was curious the expelled Turks arriving from Crete in Constantinople the same hour that William II entered and embraced that horrid Sultan'

William II was the German Emperor. He succeeded to the Throne 15 Jun 1888 on the death of his father Frederick of Prussia and 2nd German Emperor, thus becoming 9th King of Prussia and 3rd German Emperor

Following on an outbreak of violence in Sep in Crete 'the British admiral took action; and two months later the four Powers ejected all Turkish troops and officials from the island'

(Ensor England 1870-1914 p 258)

Biog: Yves Guyot, M de Morsier, Admiral Noel, William II (Emp)