Rev George Butler to his son George

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/28/28
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4178
  • Dates of Creation
      10 Dec 1889
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Amalfi. Lovely weather the last week; his mother has begun her drawing in earnest; mention of a Miss Davies and her travels in India, and a Mrs Fowler, Hopes to get to Ravello the next day where the best wine in South Italy comes from. They have got a wedding present for Stuart [On 16 Jul 1890 he was married to Laura Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Jeremiah James Colman, head of the firm of Messrs. J&J Colman] a reduced copy in Bronze of the 'dying Gladiator'. The Meuricoffres are joining them on Saturday. With envelope.

Administrative / Biographical History

'a young lady, just home from the Punjab ... had lately seen and admired Teddy Butlers racquet play'

A son of Montagu Butler (Master of Trinity) by his 1st wife was Edward Montagu

'We have got as a wedding present for Stuart a reduced copy in bronze of the dying Gladiator'

Prof James's fiancée was Miss Laura Elizabeth Colman eldest daughter of J J Colman head of the well known mustard firm of Messrs J&J Colman of Norwich. They were married 16 Jul 1890.

Lady Helen Blackwood

eldest daughter of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava

'... He (Mr Fowler) has a landed estate in Perthshire and knows the Ramsays'

Montagu Butler (see above) married as his 2nd wife, in 1888, Agnata daughter of Sir James Ramsay of Banff.

'The Bay of Salerno must be a charming place for yachting and I believe the Closes knew it well'

The Close family were old friends of the Butlers (The Rev Francis Close, Dean of Carlisle was a strong supporter of JB and her work from the beginning. He died in 1882. They had a house on the Riviera at the Cap d'Antibes and JB and her family often visited them when they went to the Riviera.

Biog: Sir W Davis; Lord Dufferin