Josephine Butler to George Butler

Scope and Content

Says she finds it very hard work learning by heart all the details she has to answer the next day before the Committee (See note in letter of 4 May from George Butler); she expects the examination will last from about 12 to 6. She has been approached by various ladies who want their paper printed (the one she and her husband wrote together) and they very much want to see her before she leaves London: Lady Strangford, Lady Stuart Wortley, Mrs Talbot, Lady Lothian, Lady Tavistock, Lady Selbourne and Mrs Gladstone. They seem really to desire to help against the 'social evil'. Has been to a wonderful Salvation Army meeting. Has seen Charles and his charge Willy Garnett; seems a happy arrangement.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I shall be in the Lion's Den.' See note in husband's letter of 4 May. 'I shall be sorry if Chamberlain succeeds Forster.' Forster was appointed Secretary for Ireland in Gladstone's second Cabinet, formed 1880. Apr 1882 Forster resigned the Irish Secretaryship which went to Lord Frederick Cavendish and after Cavendish's murder to GO Trevelyan. Chamberlain was appointed President of the Board of Trade in 1880 and remained in that office throughout. Feb 1885 Shaw-Lefevre, Post Master General, was brought into the cabinet. 'Rhoda' was then Rhoda Bolton, daughter of Emily (JB's sister) and her second husband Jasper Bolton. Stanley (second son of the Butlers) married her in 1886. Biog:J. Chamberlain; WE Forster; Shaw Lefevre; Lady Strangford; Lady Stuart Wortley; Mrs Talbot; Lady Lothian; Lady Tavistock; Lady Selborne; Mrs Gladstone.