Josephine Butler to Mrs Clark

Scope and Content

Written from Liverpool, addressed to Clark at Greenbank Street near Glastonbury. Dated and placed from postmark. Cannot express the pleasure she felt at receiving their letter and the help it contained. There has been sickness in the family (the eldest son) and also a loss in money so that there gift was a real joy. The Federation grants £150. A year for an efficient private secretary for the work, which is increasing each year. All her three sons have good sense and an interest in the Cause; the eldest especially has shown great ability in the translation work he has done for her. Just heard that several of the Paris Town Council are visiting the City of London on various business among others the business of the Commission for the Abolition of the Regulations. Asks if Mr Clark would consent to be a member of their General Council, also if any hope of her coming to Geneva. Says she has had to pay £45. To the publisher of her Life of her Father.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mrs Clark [a cousin of the Priestmans] 'lest he should have to abandon his post and his present little modest income'. In 1876 straight from obtaining his degree (1st class Maths Tripos, 2nd class Classical Tripos) George was appointed permanent Examiner to HM Civil Service Commissioners. He had recently fallen ill and his recovery was impeded by his anxiety. '... Several of the Paris Town Council are on their way to visit the City of London Town Council on various business among others the business of the Commission for the abolition of the regulations (which Guyot represents). For Note on Guyot - his deferred sentence and invitation to City of London see letter of 25 Nov 1876 JB to Friends. Also, letter of Feb 1877. 'You kindly ask about my Father's Life'. This was 'Memoir of John Grey of Dilston' - 1869 by his daughter. John Grey died early in 1868 and JB was asked by the family to write the life of their father. Biog: Mrs William S Clark (Helen); George Grey Butler; Yves Guyot; John Grey of Dilston.