Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/32/38
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5264
  • Dates of Creation
      13 Aug [1893]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from 6 Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham. Surprised to hear that he has been suddenly driven back to his work at Galewood (setting papers for the War Office). She is sending him a book to read, a translation from German, which she hopes will amuse him; it is called 'Pictures of the Socialistic Future' by a member of the German Reichstag, Eugene Richter. It is written to counteract (the book) of Bellamy's and others, and is full of quiet humour. Went to Cheltenham to see Aunt Fanny (Mrs Smyttan) now bedridden.

Administrative / Biographical History

See letter of 15 Aug [1893].

'Aunt Fanny' - Mrs Frances Smyttan, widow of the Rev Smyttan, JB's next in age above her. At this date she was an invalid and JB had come to Cheltenham largely to visit her and see how she was.

Richter, Eugene, Pictures of the Socialistic Future: an ironical description of an imaginary triumph of Socialism in Germany, tr. from the German. It was written to counteract the book of Bellamy's Looking Backward.

'Mr Stuart and many radicals thought [this book] so clever and that it 'really had a good deal of sense in it''

Biog: Mrs Frances Smyttan, Bellamy, FA Bebel