Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/50/07
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5480
  • Dates of Creation
      17 Aug 1905
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a letter. Written from Wooler, Northumberland

Thinks he would be interested to hear an account of the diplomatic mission to Thibet recently undertaken with 'Col. Younghusband as the hero of the mission' (it was told her by Mr Allan, her friend from south Africa). Younghusband had got permission to take a missionary he knew who was a master of the Thibetan language and had translated the four Gospels into that language. To avoid diplomatic difficulties he was classed as a lay interpreter. When friendly relations were established and courtesies were being exchanged, the interpreter brought out his Thibetan gospels and presented one to the Grand Llama; the monks also took copies and eagerly read them. She asks her son whether he has read the Centenary Report of the Bible Society. 'It is an Amazing Record' and she gives him a few details.

Administrative / Biographical History

'You have no doubt read the account of the diplomatic mission to Thibet'

'In Dec 1904 the British government sent Col Sir Francis Younghusband to Tibet as a negotiator accompanied by an armed force. He carried out his mission with great skill; fought his way to the forbidden city of Lhasa (3 Aug 1905); imposed a treaty securing the trade intercourse and exclusive political influence which Great Britain desired; and returned leaving Tibetan feeling much friendlier than when he came ... The Treaty was ratified by Great Britain, Tibet and China, and ended British anxieties in that quarter'. (Ensor, England 1870-1914, p 383)

Biog: Sir Francis Younghusband; Mr Allan