Josephine Butler to [the Thorps]

Scope and Content

Postscript to her letter of 23 Dec and dealing with the same theme. Written from [Galewood, Wooler, Northumberland]

She says that several friends to whom she has written on this subject have begged her to write some appeal in this spirit to the Christian press. She refers to Elise Reclus [the great geographer, who stayed with the Butlers in 1887] who, she says, is still alive, 'working in Brussels, anarchist as ever, but ever and anon doing a kindness to some miserable person...It was interesting to me to see the union of spirit in this tenderness towards suffering, between him and my dear husband'.

Second note which she calls a second postscript:

She suggests her letter might be printed with the heading 'Privately printed for the use of the Society of Friends' and dated 'New Year's Day 1904'. If printed she would like a dozen copies.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Elise Reclus is still alive working in Brussels, anarchist as ever.' The great geographer, but as a Communist and anarchist he was banned by all governments.

He visited the Butlers at Winchester in the autumn of 1887. (See Life of George Butler by JB p 443)

Biog: Elise Reclus