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

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

Says that at the moment she is anxious about their friend Mr Stuart. He has always been to her family like a son or a brother, but now ever since the Sunderland election [early in Jan] she has not had a word from him except a few hurried words about nothing serious. It seems as if a sort of delirium has seized him.

She then takes up the tale of the Booth Clibborns; how Mr Clibborn was deluded by the American healer, Dr Dowie, who called himself the second Elijah, how he followed him to Chicago accompanied by his faithful wife; how he became very ill and was finally brought back to England by his wife and her brother Herbert. Back home he was lent money by Mr Morgan of the 'Christians'. They are now at St Cloud, Oise sur Seine. The general has cast off his daughter entirely. Catharine and JB have been corresponding; JB says 'She is full of gratitude for my sympathy'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Catharine Booth Clibborn '

For the previous history of Mr and Mrs Booth Clibborn, see letters of 30 Mar 1899 (JB to Rhoda) and 16 Oct 1899 (JB to Miss Forsaith).

Biog: Catharine Booth Clibborn; Mr Allan; Mr Morgan