Josephine Butler to her dear friends (the Priestmans)

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Written from Caux sur Montreux, Switzerland

Tells them how opportune and welcome was the cheque they sent her.

'It has been a great happiness to me to be able to help my dear son George in a moment of difficulty.' (See letters of 5 Nov 1895 and 1 Jan 1896).

This last week she has been cheered with a two-day visit and secretarial help from M. Minod and another two days from Amelie Humbert.

'I always had the worst opinion of Mr Cecil Rhodes, I believe and feel sure that Dr Jameson merely acted as his servant and agent in making that wanton attack on the Transvaal'.

(For note on 'Jameson Raid' see letter of 31 Jul 1895.).

She reports how bitter the European papers are against England, so much so that she has been advised by her Continental friends that for their next Conference they 'would not be welcome in any town in Germany'. So they are arranging to have the Conference in Geneva.

'one daughter-in-law in London, rather desolate poor dear'. This was Mia, George's wife. She did not accompany George on his trip to Algeria, as she was expecting a baby.

(See letter of 1 Jan 1896 Josephine Butler to the Miss Priestmans)

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: George and Mia, Annie, M Minod, Amelie Humbert, Miss Estlin, Mrs Meuricoffre, Cecil Rhodes, Sir LS Jameson