Written from Liverpool. She would love to stay with her for a night or two but she had promised her friend 'Theodosia' to stay with her for a few days at Westwood [on outskirts of Leeds]. Says how the work of her office has enormously increased, and she has no regular clerk to leave behind her. She might be able to come to her for a couple of days after Christmas. Her husband and one boy will be going to Harrow [Rev. George's brother, Montagu Butler (1833-1918) was Head Master of Harrow (1859-1885) before he went as Master of Trinity College, Cambridge in 1885]
She finds it 'most cheering to see our agitation making such progress as it is making now'. [This refers to the Protests, Demands etc. aroused by the Majority Report of the Royal Commission to look into the working of the CD Acts published 7 Jul 1871]
[year probably 1872 as in letter JB refers to 'the small beginnings 3 years ago' and this meant undoubtedly the founding of the Ladies National Association (for Abolition) which publicly made itself known by the Manifesto it published on 31 Dec 1869 in the 'Daily News'