Josephine Butler to Henry Wilson

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Written from Hawkestone, North Malvern, Worcestershire [staying with Charles and his little Family]

Stuart has sent her a good many letters of Miss Leppington and she hears from the Committee news from Miss Forsaith, so she feels moved to write him a word of sympathy having to work so often with inefficient and fussy people. She thinks Miss Leppington rather an alarmist. She (JB) can use her pen a little and has many correspondents in South Africa, among them Dutch ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church. It is important, if authorities not favourable to them, to have the churches and any right-minded citizens prepared for an agitation.

Note attached by HJW: 'this is the first pleasant note I have had for two years'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I am reminded of our correspondence long ago with Saul Solomon, Bishop Grey and Sir Bartle Frere, all good friends'

For letters from Saul Solomon see 2 Dec 1881 and reference to the work of Mrs Saul Solomon see JB to Miss Priestman 15 Jul 1889

See also letter of 3 Jul 1902 JB to Miss Forsaith where she writes: 'Yes I think it is best for me to act independently of the Committee in the matter of my African correspondence'

Biog: Miss Leppington, Mrs Amos, Rev Hugh Price Hughes, Mr Saul Solomon, Sir Bartle Frere