Josephine Butler to [Miss Priestman]

Scope and Content

Incomplete letter pages 5 and 6 with signature. Written from Winchester (dictated). Says that perhaps her dear friends 'have not known how very dangerous and severe my illness was' [See note]. Miss Humbert has had to go to London to nurse dear Adele Grey who has a serious illness. [see note]. Gives directions about Society business.

Administrative / Biographical History

[? Feb 15 1887] Date: The year is 1887, early, when both she and the Canon were slowly recovering, he from his nearly fatal illness in Switzerland in Nov 1886, and she from the struggle for the Canon's life. (See letter of 19 Jan 1887 with note). That is why she says in this letter 'I think perhaps you have not known how very dangerous and severe my illness was'. 'I will do my best with the Report.' In a letter of 2 Mar she mentions that she returns the Report with a few additions and corrections, so this letter was probably written c Feb 15. Mrs Campbell was one of the Society's agents. See letters of 22 and 27 Jun 1887. 'Miss Humbert has had to go London to nurse dear Adela Grey, who has a serious illness.' This was probably the illness [TB] which took her to Switzerland shortly after this where she died Dec 28 1890.' See letters of 4, 13, 29 Nov, 29 and 30 Dec 1890. 4 Jan 1891. Also the 'Dawn' 5 Jan 1891 p 13.

Biog: Miss Humbert; Adela Grey; Mrs Campbell.