Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friends' [Miss Forsaith etc.]

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a letter. Written from [Wooler, Northumberland].

She has now heard from the Meuricoffres direct, who do not exaggerate and the picture they give is terrifying: 'it means ruin, famine and death to the whole of south Italy'.

The soldiers especially the Bersaglieri 'are very devoted trying to save the poor peasants; and to dig out the dead and dying. Her niece Thekla from Neuchatel writes that the fine dust from the eruption has reached Switzerland. Laura Meuricoffre begs for their prayers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Easter Monday [16 Apr] 1906

Family of Tell Meuricoffre (d. Spring 1900) and Hatty Meuricoffre (d. 10 Oct 1900)

John = Laura; Fred= Carlotta; George Thekla (b.1866)

Biog: Mrs Terrell; Laura Meuricoffre