Josephine Butler to Stanley Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of incomplete letter. Written from Liverpool. Is glad that he has got to know R Spence Watson (evidently when climbing in Switzerland, as she says 'I wonder how his short neck suits Alpine climbing' His father very busy at the moment over work about the new University (Liverpool University started as a University College in 1881 and received full University status in 1903) He is beginning to be a little tired. Relates that Samuel Smith (a rich businessman and philanthropist of Liverpool) is endorsing the Moral Philosophy Chair 'is in great anxiety because they cannot find a man who is not an 'agnostic''

Administrative / Biographical History

'Nearly every day there is some work about the new University.' Liverpool University started as a University College and received its charter of incorporation in 1881. In 1884 it was admitted as a College of the Victoria University (Manchester). In 1903 the Charter of Incorporation of the University of Liverpool was received, thus constituting it an independent University. (Enc-Brit. 1911) 'Samuel Smith endows the Moral Philosophy Chair.' A rich Liverpool businessman who had made his money in cotton and from an early period was active as a philanthropist. He was an MP and constantly spoke in the House on moral, social, religious and Indian questions. Biog: Lady Martin; Sir I Martin; Mr R Spence Watson; Samuel Smith