Josephine Butler to 'My dear son and daughter'

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Lucerne. Just arrived at Lucerne after 'the most beautiful journey over the St. Gothard'. Father is returning straight to Winchester from Lucerne while she is going round by Neuchatel to see the Humberts and others about the Congress and to see Adela and Geoff. Stansfeld has telegraphed to them at Naples 'Queen's Assent given' 'It was done on my birthday the 13th. So that abomination is dead and buried'. Had a pleasant encounter with Charlie at Milan. [letter not signed. Possibly incomplete]

Administrative / Biographical History

Easter Sunday [25 Apr] 1886. 'I go round to Neuchatel and Bienne to see the Humberts ... and to see Adela and Geoff.' Adela and Geoffrey were children of Thomas Bolton (b 1863) who was the son of Emily Georgina, sister of JB, who married as her 2nd husband in 1861 Jasper Bolton. They had 5 children, of whom Rhoda married to Stanley (JB's son) was one. (See also letter of Mar 26 1884 JB to Stanley about Arthur and Tom Bolton's visit to London when George Butler (JB's son) looked after them) 'It will be very interesting if you can go to India.' George (eldest son of JB) to whom this remark was addressed went to India in 1887 (a semi-official visit). In a letter of 17 Feb 1888 (JB to Miss Priestman) we learn that George arrived back from India with fever and she had to nurse him back to health. The Repeal. Calendar of events: 1886: 16 Mar; Mr Stansfeld moved: 'that is the opinion of this House the Contagious Diseases Acts 1866-9 ought to be repealed' Carried without a division. 26 Mar; 2nd Reading of Repeal passed without a division. 2 Apr; Repeal Bill 3rd time in H of Commons. 9 Apr; Repeal Bill 2nd time in H of Lords. 13 Apr; Repeal Bill 3rd time in H of Lords. 16 Apr; Repeal Bill received the Royal Assent. See RR 1886 nos 498, 499, 500, 4501, 502, 504. Biog: George (son); Stanley (son); Rhoda (Dody); The Humberts; Mr James Stansfeld; Charlie (Charles, son).