Josephine Butler to Emily [Butler]

Scope and Content

Written from Wimbledon. Giving her a full description of the Brussels Conference, from which she and her son Stanley had just returned. Describes it ads a 'wonderful Congress' with Ministers of State supporting it with their presence as well as dignitaries of the Church and the Diplomatic Corps, so different from past Congresses or anything in England. Also had the support of the working classes. She must now write an account to dear Charlie 'who has reached Fort Tuli' [south Africa]. Asked her 'to let Arthur read this, and send it on to Montagu'. Moving tribute paid to 'dear George'.

Administrative / Biographical History

20 Oct [1891]

Emily was a sister in law of JB, and a sister of Canon George. She together with her two other unmarried sisters Gertrude and Ellen had lived with their widowed mother Mrs Sarah Maria Butler till her death in 1872. (See letter from Rev George to JB when staying with his mother, Spring 1870).

'my dear George'

JB's husband Rev Canon George Butler who died Mar 1890.


was a younger brother of Rev George and at this date was Dean and Tutor of Oriel College, Oxford.


was also a younger brother of Rev George and since 1886 had been Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Biog: Emily Butler; Cardinal Manning; M de Laveleye; M Mussche (President of the Society in Belgium); Arthur Butler; Henry Montagu Butler; Lord Coleridge