Josephine Butler to Miss Mary Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Wimbledon. She starts for Switzerland next week with her son and her niece Mia St. Paul, 'an orphan heiress, with estates and houses and no relatives nearer than myself; her Trustee begs me to be a mother to her'. Relates sad news of Mrs Smyttan's state of health. Speaks of the Bolton and Thomas families [her sister Emily married (2) Bolton (3) Thomas and Rhoda Bolton married Stanley Butler]. Rhoda had been helping her sister Constance to get her trousseau in London and has also been 'clothing me most kindly as I am all in rags'. She has had little Bobby [Stanley's son] staying with her for five days. Finds Arrowsmith good to deal with but she regrets he does not want to bring out her book till Oct. Miss Willard has asked leave to publish it herself in America. Asks for her friend's help at a reception she wants to have at the Conference at Vern on the evening of the 30th as she gets so exhausted when talking to so many people.

Administrative / Biographical History

'There is so much to say about the Elections.' See Note letter of 14 Jul 1892.

[Constance Mary Bolton] 'Constance is now getting her little trousseau in London with Rhoda's help.' This was an older sister of Rhoda (Stanley's wife), both daughters of Emily, JB's youngest sister. Constance married a Dr Frank Hudson; they had 3 children.

Biog: Mia St Paul; Mrs Smyttan; Mrs Pease; Mrs Budgett; The Miss Braggs; Miss Willard; Lady Henry Somerset; Mr Burfort; Constance Bolton