Josephine Butler to 'Dear Friend' [Miss Priestman]

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Written from Winchester. 'Home again' Notes: 'They seem to have had a beautiful Congress and the women did so well'. Thinks it will be all she can do to get back to her usual state of health

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19 Jan [1887] 'We have got home again. 'Behind that remark lies the struggle in the Canon's life in Switzerland in Nov 1886 (See letters from JB to Miss Emily Ford 15 Nov onwards). The Butlers finally arrived home on Christmas Eve. 'It will be perhaps all I can do to get back to my usual state of health.' The strain of missing her husband through three tense weeks had left JB in a very weak state herself and it took most of 1887 to restore her. She refers to her weakened state in most of her letters as a reason for her inability to attend meetings, speak in public, or indeed carry out any of her usual activities. 'They seem to have had quite a beautiful congress and the women did so well, especially the Dutch'. It is not clear to what Congress she is referring to here; the date (year) because the opening remarks seems definitely to be 1887, but the only big Congress in 1886 was the one held by the Federation in London in 1886 and JB was certainly at that one.