Josephine Butler to 'My dear Friends, Mrs Tanner and Miss M Priestman'

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      GB 106 3JBL/28/19
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4170
  • Dates of Creation
      25 Aug [1889]
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester. Just starting for Scarborough, Canon very weak they are taking their faithful man servant and a night nurse. Describes how the Canon struggled through his seven weeks of Residence duties Jun/Jul, and his memorable last sermon in the Cathedral. Is taking away with her materials for the next 'Dawn'. Expresses her pleasure at having her family all round them for a few weeks.

Administrative / Biographical History

'I see the look on the faces of the kind Dean and Canons'

The Dean of Winchester from 1853-1894 was the Rev George William Kitchin. The Kitchin and Butler families were on very friendly terms.

'In recollections of George Butler' by JB p 450, we read:

'One of the brightest episodes in this visit to Denmark [for the International Conference of the Federation at Copenhagen Sep 1888] was a long day spent at Elsinore, at the home of the parents of Mrs Kitchin, wife of the Dean of Winchester, who with the Dean was then staying there.'

(Mrs Kitchin was daughter of Budges Taylor, HM Consol for Denmark at Elsinore, Denmark).

'I have taken with me ... the material for the next 'Dawn''

See Note letter of 15 Jul.

'The beautiful little Annual Meeting'

of the LNA 24 Jul. See Note letter of 26 Jul.

'my sister Fanny'

When Mrs Smyttan was at death's door Jul 1888, nursed by her devoted sisters, she lived at Richmond. Later on she moved to Cheltenham.

Biog: GW Kitchin Dean of Winchester, Max Muller, Miss Estlin, Mrs Budgett, Mrs Smyttan