Josephine Butler to Miss Forsaith

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/47/34
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5425
  • Dates of Creation
      21 Nov [1903]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Galewood [Wooler, Northumberland]

The letter is devoted to prayer. How often had she pleaded that 'the Lord would restore to me and mine the years which the canker worm hath eaten' especially for her dear eldest son who suffered a serious brain injury [in Apr 1894] followed by the crushing sorrow in the sudden death of his wife [Apr 1901]. 'His dear face bears the mark of the 'canker worm'. Lately she has earnestly asked for the gift of 'assured prayer' and last week it was given to her to pray with assurance, so that her son laid low with a severe cold and fever was able to correct and return within four days a huge box of mathematical papers for the administrative class of the Civil Service.

Administrative / Biographical History

21 Nov [1903]

'My eldest son whose life has been blighted by that terrible accident which caused displacement of the brain.' For a full description of the accident that befell her son, George, see letter of 18 [Jan] 1906, JB to Miss Forsaith. A similar accident happened to Sir Edward Grey's wife early in Jan 1906, but she died from her injuries.