Josephine Butler to Josephine Butler (granddaugher)

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/44/01
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5374
  • Dates of Creation
      2 Jan 1900
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Hotel Gibbon, Lausanne.

Speaks of General Buller and his love of dogs 'He must be a good man if he loves his dogs so. He deserves to win the battle, and I hope he will' [The south African War was then in progress]. Tells her of an old friend of hers, Mrs Nichol of Edinburgh, whose life she has just been reading, who firmly believed that God's redemption of men extended to all animals.

The next paragraph addressed to Rhoda: says she has read 'The Transvaal seen from the inside'; thinks the War Office needs waking up [see note]. She is longing to get back to England.

Administrative / Biographical History

'to call for a great waking up of the War Office' At the end of 1899 a series of defeats suffered by the British known as the 'Black Week' led to the appointment of Lord Roberts as generalissimo with Lord Kitchener as Chief of Staffs and a campaign initiated which led to the annexation of the Transvaal

Biog: General Buller, Mrs Elizabeth Pearse Nichol (wife of the astronomer),Mrs Buscarlet