Josephine Butler to Miss Mary Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from Balham. No year but reference to the death of Mrs Smyttan, Josephine Butler's sister, in 1895

Thanks for sympathetic letter on the death of her sister, Mrs Smyttan. Telegram arrived when she was staying with her sister Hatty at Gordanne: she went home immediately but arrived too late for the funeral. She finds the remembrance of Colmar very pleasant and 'all difficulties with the Germans seemed to disappear'. Finds the American workers marred by 'a certain self assertion and a little jealousy'.

'Mr and Mrs Shield, our relatives did all for her and were most kind'

References to:

'Mrs Thomas' - Emily, Josephine Butler's youngest sister

'very near to where my little Eva lies' - Josephine's daughter died in 1864

'and the help of Ethel' - Josephine's niece, daughter of Mary Ann (Aunt Tully), Josephine's sister

'Annie is feeding me with arrowroot' - Josephine's servant from Winchester.

'Mme Renevier is still lingering on' - Josephine Butler had often stayed with the Reneviers - their 'pretty house' near Lausanne (see letter of 17 Jun 1895)

Administrative / Biographical History

'Mr and Mrs Shield'

Anne Shield had married first John Grey, son of George Grey, brother of Josephine Butler, and after his death in 1879 had married James Shield

'Mrs Thomas' was Emily, Josephine Butler's youngest sister. Mr Thomas was her 3rd husband.

Ethel was the daughter of Mary Ann (Aunt Tully) a sister of Josephine Butler, married to Edgar Garston who died 1873. Ethel married a Mr Budd.

Annie was Josephine Butler's faithful servant from Winchester who had been left to look after the house in Balham when Josephine Butler was abroad.

Biog: The Shields, Ethel Budd, Annie, Mme Renevier, M de Meuron, Dr Kate Bushnell and Mrs Andrew, Aaron Powell