Josephine Butler to 'Dearest Friends [Miss Forsaith and Harriet]

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from [Galewood, Wooler, Northumberland]

Tells how Mr Stuart consulted her on his last two visits about his inaugural address at Dresden [Conference 21-24 Sep] and how he wrote her afterwards 'my address...which was really yours...was much approved'. The rest of the letter is devoted to M. Minod [Sec. Gen. Fed. Intern. Geneva]. She has known about his sad family life and his long-standing overwork which have led him to the verge of a breakdown. Mr Stuart had noticed nothing and was most surprised when told that Minod must have immediate rest. She has known Minod for 30 years and her judgement of his character is based on that knowledge. She considers him 'one of the just men' whom God is 'making perfect' through discipline and labours and sorrow.

Administrative / Biographical History

'He [Mr Stuart] was anxious about his inaugural address, and so we discussed it fully' This referred to the International Conference of the Federation held that year at Dresden, 21-24 Sep, of which Mr Stuart was the President and gave the opening address

The Dresden Congress is reported in the Shield Oct 1904 p 58 - including Mr Stuart's opening address (as President) in which he brought up the special points suggested to him by JB. He acknowledges her help in this letter

Biog: James Stuart, M Henri Minod