Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from 10 Gilmore Road, Lewisham, London.

First asks for and gives a little family news. Thinks the riots in Italy are very serious and she begs them not to believe what some of the English press are sure to say about them. 'It is largely a hunger rising. The people are chronically famishing'. She encloses Aunt Hatty's letter which says that the rising is worst in Milan, Florence and Naples. It is a great comfort to her to have Burfoot [Secretary and Agent] working for her three or four hours every day [The International conference of the Federation was held in London in Jul that year which involved JB in a lot of extra secretarial work].

Administrative / Biographical History

11 May [1898]

'The riots in Italy'

JB says about these that they are hunger risings caused by high price of food and poor employment. She had the same to say when she was in Rome and Florence the winter of 1894/5 (see her letter of 9 Jan 1895 written from Rome)

Mr Burfoot

Often acted as Sec to JB and on the 1st day of the Brussels Conference 1897 he acted as reporter. He also acted as JB's agent in distributing her periodicals 'the Dawn' and later the 'Storm Bell'

Biog: Mr Burfoot