Aunt Josie [JB] to Aunt Fanny [Mrs Frances Smyttan JB's sister]

Scope and Content

Copy of part of a letter. Gives an account of a successful meeting at Birmingham from which she has just returned. Commended old Archdeacon Sandford. £5000 was subscribed to start the Union. Says they will be very busy till Gladstone's visit is over; Mrs Gladstone is accompanying him with five daughters. 'I have bought a bonnet for Mr Gladstone's edification!'.

Administrative / Biographical History

No date but written just before Gladstone's visit to the Butlers which took place on 23 Dec 1872

'[Mr Isaacs] alluded to George's paper at the Church Congress and said how nobly he had stood, almost alone' - This refers to the occasion when Rev George addressed the annual Church Congress at Nottingham on 12 Oct 1871 on the subject of 'the duty of the Church of England in moral questions' which dealt with the Acts. He was howled down by a vociferous section of his brother clergy and was unable to proceed with his paper. (A full account of this incident is given in 'Recollections of George Butler' by Josephine E Butler p 240)

'The Union embraces all the Midland Counties' - See note in letter JB to HJ Wilson End of Sep 1872

'The League all the Northern Counties' - See note in letter JB to HJ Wilson 24 Aug 1872

'Marie' was the daughter of Edith Leupold who was the daughter of JB's eldest sister Eliza who in 1836 married Dr William Morrison and went out to Hong Kong with him. He died in 1853 when she returned to England with 4 children and went to live with her father. Maud was Maud Garston who married only son of Mary Ann, JB's youngest sister married to Edgar Garston. The son was also called Edgar Garston. At this time the family lived in Liverpool

Biog: Mr Isaacs of Leicester; Archdeacon Sandford; John Grey of Dilston; Max Muller; Garston family; WE Gladstone