Josephine to Miss Priestman

Scope and Content

Written from 8 North View, Wimbledon, George Butler's house.

She refers to the week she spent at Mr Watts's studio (Portrait now in the National Portrait Gallery) that autumn, after which she went to Balham and spent a week packing. She found it a pleasant 'little retreat' when she first moved in (see letter of 18 Jul 1893) but the bitter winter of 1894/1895 and the urban spread which engulfed the meadow and trees, has made her decide to move. Her sons are storing her furniture. She is now free to go to a better climate. Her immediate plans include a visit to her son Stanley at St Andrews, to return via Cheltenham and a visit to her friends at Bristol before she leaves England.

Administrative / Biographical History

Josephine Butler lived with her son, George, for 3 years after the death of her husband. She had lived at 29 Tooting Bec Road, Balham after leaving Winchester.