Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy letter. Written from Lausanne

She is staying with a Mr and Mrs Renevier, whose house is in the countryside outside Lausanne. She had the beginnings of a bad cold when she arrived and developed a high fever. She is thankful to be there rather than in a hotel. Mr Renevier is 'a nice looking old scientific man, President of the Swiss Geological Society.' She hopes to see the Bishop of Fribourg who has a great reputation for learning, holiness and willingness to help Protestants as well as his own flock 'this Bishop should be a help to us'. She thinks learned girls and women are often lacking in 'graces'. Refers again to Oscar Wilde and how much greater the punishment is for him than a common thief.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Aunt Tully' Mary Ann Grey elder sister of Josephine Butler married Edgar Garston. After her husband died in 1873 she went to live in London. She was known in the family as Aunt Tully.

Biog: M e Mme Renevier, Bishop of Fribourg, M Minod