Josephine Butler to Albert [Rutson]

Scope and Content

Two typed copy letters. Written from Trinity College, Cambridge. Thanks for his kind and cheering letter. A series of disasters at home; all the servants have gone down with diptheria; George sent the boys away to relations and got in a Nurse; Charlie is with her. George with them for the week end. Still hopes to get to Oxford but not at once.

Administrative / Biographical History


1. headed paper denotes JB was staying at Trinity. Her brother in law Montagu Butler was not Master there till 1886. But Professor Stuart was a Fellow of Trinity and there may have been guest rooms available for friends of Fellows

2. This was Mrs Sarah Maria Butler (1796-1872) mother of the Rev George Butler; then a widow living with three of her daughters

3. This was Anne Isabella (1837-1919) eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray. In 1877 she married Sir Richmond Thackeray Willoughby Ritchie

Biog: Lady Ritchie (née Thackeray)