Josephine Butler to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Manuscript copy of letter. Written from Copenhagen [where she was for the International Conference of the Federation]. Asks whether the LNA is in a position to make a grant towards covering the travelling expenses of the delegates to the Conference. It has been a most expensive Conference, first the journey is a long one and then an unusual number needed help. Asks for £30. Or so. Found the audiences slow but true and warmhearted, 'not a shade of cynicism nor critical spirit among them'. From Copenhagen they went on to Malmo in Sweden where they had a large meeting. The Crown Princess 'a Swede, daughter of the late King of Sweden, married to the eldest brother of our Princess of Wales' telegraphed JB to come and see her. 'She is six feet high...the only serious one in the family...She says she has to go to the theatre to please her husband but she does not see the play; she says she has such pleasant intercourse with God while sitting at the Theatre.'

Administrative / Biographical History

For further letters on this Conference see JBs letters to her children in England. 1-2, 4 & 6 Sep 1888. Biog: M De Lavaleye; Mr Pierson; M Minod; M Humbert; Amelie Humbert; Mr Thomasson; Miss Wellhaaven; The Crown Princess of Denmark.