Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/23/06
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5229
  • Dates of Creation
      19 Feb 1884
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Winchester. Tells him of the death of Contie Grey who had been ill for several years and had been devotedly nursed by Adela. Conti had been at JB's home at the time of her death. Adela will go to Gloucester for a fortnight to stay with Mrs Thomas [Aunt Emmy, mother of Rhoda Bolton by her second husband, Jasper Bolton]. Rhoda may come back to Winchester with Adela for a bit. Aunt Emmy says that Rhoda is 'sad and fretting and she is very anxious about her'. Stanley married Rhoda in 1886.

Administrative / Biographical History

19 Feb 1884 'Rhoda' was daughter of JB's youngest sister Emily ('Aunt Emmie') by her 2nd husband Jasper Bolton. In 1886 she married Stanley, JB's 2nd son. 'Tonight a great fight is going on in the House over Egypt.' In Jan 1884 General Gordon was despatched to the Sudan to carry out the evacuation of the whole Sudan south of Wady Halfa. Gordon arrived at Khartoum in Feb and formulated a plan to commission Zobeir Pasha as governor-general of the Sudan to hold Khartoum and the Nile valley against the Mahdi. Zobeir had fought against Gordon (Zobeir was a slave trader) and Gordon had served in the Sudan, 1877-1880 suppressing the slave trade. The House of Commons was against the idea and the debates were heated. The plan was finally shelved. The end was the storming of Khartoum and murder of Gordon on 26 Jan 1885. 'I hope your prospects will brighten before long.' Stanley occupied the post of Professor of Natural Philosophy at St Andrews University from 1880 when he was 26. He did not marry till 1886.

Biog: Contie Grey; Adela; Rhoda Bolton; General Gordon.