Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/34/29
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5299
  • Dates of Creation
      4 Jun 1895
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy letter. Written from Montreux

She has not been very well since she came abroad: she still has the 'faint fits' which she thought would be cured but have got much worse. She wrote to Victor Lombard, banker at Geneva, asking him to cash a cheque and send her the money and he came the next day in person to see her, creating quite an impression at the hotel. She plans to stay in Switzerland until the first week of Jul. Sometimes she feels very lonely.

'I am so sorry for Oscar Wilde' because he has to bear the loathing and contempt alone which many others rightly should share with him.

'I heard from Aunt Emmy that Constance (sister of Rhoda) has a daughter (Dorothy)'. George tells me he is very anxious about Mia who is pregnant because she is ill with a fever; he is always recalling Mia's mother's slow death after her child was born. She has asked the office to forward him a letter she wrote to Stuart about the 'Caws' in Switzerland as they are apt to think her idle if they do not hear about her work.

'our 'Caws' in Switzerland' 'Bobbie's' spelling of Cause which always pleased his grandmother.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) found guilty at the Old Bailey 25 May 1895 and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

Constance was a daughter of Emily Bolton's (Jasper Bolton, Emily's 2nd husband, d 1871) and therefore a sister of Rhoda, Stanley's wife. Constance married Frank Hudson in 1892. She had two sons and a daughter, Dorothy, on 17 May 1895.


This was the faithful maid over from Winchester days and left to look after the house at Balham.

Biog: Oscar Wilde, 'Annie', Mr Dymock, Mr Victor Lombard