Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Serrieres, Neuchatel. She has been to see the church at Grindelwald; 'it seems the carved wood memorial is being done by the best Swiss sculptor'. She is writing to the Dean. She stayed with the Buscarlets at Lausanne on the way back to Neuchatel. The next day she goes to the Reid [on the slopes of the Jura] to see her niece Adela. Her mother wrote JB such a 'cruel' letter 'scouting the idea of Adela being ill' and saying she should return and live a more natural life. She is looked after by a devoted friend, Berthe Robert. Refers to the Parnell affair: 'It has cut my heart like a knife' but thinks it ridiculous to say that Home Rule is ruined or postponed ten years because of this. She feels very sorry for Gladstone.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I am writing a line to the Dean' This was The Rev Kitchin, Dean of Winchester. He had been a warm friend of Canon Butler and was interested in the memorial to be put up in the Anglican Church at Grindelwald. (See also note about the Church in letter of 29 Aug 1886).

'Parnell affair' See note on 'The Parnell Commission' in letter of 17-23 Feb 1889.

Biog: Dean Kitchin; The Buscarlets