Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Archive Unit
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/32/40
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 5266
  • Dates of Creation
      19 Aug [1893]
  • Physical Description
      1 item

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Cheltenham. Dwells on the lifelong friendships that sometimes exist between sons and fathers 'as with Stanley and his father'. Gives news of her old dogs whom she has had to leave at Wimbledon for George and Mia to look after. She has been summoned to London to say farewell to the two American ladies [see letter of 20 May] They are each to have a present of £100.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday.

'... George is rather ... dispirited because they cannot let Ewart after spending about £900 over it' - Ewart Park was a largish estate belonging to Mia, George's wife, situated in Northumberland and therefore too far to travel for weekends. While George held his job with the Civil Service Commission therefore they could only try to let it. But when George became incapacitated for office work after his nearly fatal accident in 1874, they took up residence there.

'The end of the Departmental Committee' For details about this, see letter of 17 Apr 1893.

'He [Eiger, the St Bernard] was the most delightful and loving companion for to me all the nine months I was away ... at Cannes, Montreux, etc' No quarantine laws in force in England then.

'our American lady commissioners' i.e. Dr K Bushnell and Mrs Andrew.