Josephine Butler to Mrs Tanner

Scope and Content

Written from Durdham Park where JB was staying with Rhoda (it was the Priestman / Mrs Tanner's home). Mrs Tanner has lent JB and her son Stanley with his wife Rhoda and the two children her Bristol home while they were moving from their St. Andrew's home. The bitter cold which went on to the end of May brought on rheumatism and when they got to Bristol Rhoda became seriously ill. JB reports that Rhoda is a little better but still cannot move.

Administrative / Biographical History

See dated letter of 29 Aug 1890 from JB to Mrs Tanner about Stanley and Rhoda

'... her children's nurse is obliged to be very constantly with poor little Josephine'

Josephine was born 23 Sep 1887 and was always delicate but it was not till the end of 1890 that she was struck down with spinal and heart trouble which kept her on her back for several years.

Biog: 'Little Josephine'; Mrs Thomas (sister)