Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Forsaith]

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Photocopy of a letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland].

Has had a big disappointment; she was expecting all the St Andrew's family there for Easter, but George's children have all gone down with whooping cough and Bob and Josephine must not risk infection which might keep them from their studies the next term. Josephine has been put down as an art student at a studio in London. So that is why she is all alone for her birthday.

She is very concerned about the Naples catastrophe [the eruption of Vesuvius]. She thinks there has been nothing like it except the destruction in the days of Pliny. She has up to the present no news of the Meuricoffres. She feels that the magnitude of the disaster has not been realised in England.

Administrative / Biographical History

Good Friday, 13 Apr [1906]