Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from Balham. Discusses with her son the pros and cons of going to the Hague for the annual Conference of the Federation on 21-24 Sep, in view of the cholera scare. The MO of the Local Government Board confirmed there were cases in ports more or less all about Holland but he could not say that at present it was serious. As a fact the cholera in English Eastern Ports seems to be worse than on the Continent. [In the end she went to the Hague as also did Stanley] Describes the Peers arriving to vote on the division on the Home Rule Bill 'about 300 who are never seen there, except when some good measure is to be opposed ... about once in ten years.'

Administrative / Biographical History

'I went yesterday morning to see Aunt Emmy and Emmie off from Victoria' This would be Emily, younger sister of JB, who married 3 times: (1) de Pledge, (2) Bolton, (3) Thomas. At this period she was married to Mr Thomas, who had had a family by an earlier marriage, and several of these were looked after by 'Aunt Emmy', including one 'Emmie Thomas', who did secretarial work and was often employed by JB for her correspondence.

Biog: Sir Walter Forster, Lady Henry Somerset, Lord Rosebery, Lord Denman, Mrs Thomas (Aunt Emmy), Emmie Thomas (stepdaughter)