Josephine Butler to Josephine Butler (granddaughter)

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Photocopy of letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland]

She has not forgotten her request about making a list of her favourite parts of the Bible and hopes to send it next week. Glad to hear about her music master and is sure she will get to love music. She [JB] often longs for some music, 'I seldom enjoyed anything more than the musical evenings we had at Oxford when George and your Daddy were babies. She used to play quartets of Mozart and Beethoven with Max Muller, with Prof Donkin the violincello and Mr Blagrove the violin. She played once or twice at concerts for charity.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Irene' Youngest child of George G Butler; b 18 Mar 1901

'The musical evenings we had at Oxford when George and your Daddy were babies' Josephine and her husband Rev George were at Oxford from 1852-1857. George held the post of Examiner to the University of Oxford. They left in 1857 because the climate of Oxford affected Josephine so adversely. The music must have been of a high standard or else a professional musician like Mr Blagrove would never have joined the quartet JB describes

Biog: Max Muller, Prof Donkin, Mr Blagrove (violinist)