Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

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Photocopy of letter. Written from [Cheltenham]

Says she has been sitting all day to Emily Ford for a drawing of her face, which she has done life size, in chalk, and 'I can only say it is much better than what Watts did'. Tells him the chief things that prompted her 'to write and print the thoughts which come to me in the last fifteen or twenty years'. She has had encouragement from her family and also from Stuart and George Johnson (permanent secretary at the Colonial Office), and they have all expressed interest in what she calls her 'humble Bible Studies'.

Agrees with Stanley about the work Chamberlain has done, and recalls the frustration suffered by Sir Bartle Frere. Thinks the entry of aliens into England should be stopped.

Administrative / Biographical History

10 pm Monday.

'Emily Ford' The Fords were old friends of JB. Mrs Hannah Ford of Leeds (Emily's mother d. 1882) was throughout her life very generous in gifts to JB both for her projects privately in times of illness involving her or her family (See letters of 4 Nov 1867; 11 Nov 1875; 19 Dec 1886). The drawing referred to here was made by Emily Ford in 1903 and was reproduced for the subscribers to a presentation to JB in 1906.

'Oxford New Version Bible in large print.'

The Revision of the Bible (Authorised Version of King James) was begun in 1870 and completed (NT 1881) (OT 1884). It was published 'The Revised Version' 1891.

'Parallel editions of the Bible showing both the Authorised and Revised Versions; A large type edition for public use; A reference edition; A Two Version edition 1891, have been issued by one or both of the University Presses (Enc. Brit. 11th ed.)

Biog: Emily Ford, GF Watts, George Johnson, Joseph Chamberlain, Sir Bartle Frere, WE Gladstone