Josephine Butler to Mary Priestman

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Written from 39 Clarence Sq, Cheltenham.

Glad to hear she is improving and no longer in plaster of Paris. Her daughter in law Rhoda [Stanley's wife] and the two children are going to spend the Easter holidays at Mr and Mrs Stuart's at Norwich. [James Stuart on his marriage to Miss Laura Colman in 1890 took up his residence at Norwich and in 1898 was made a Director of J&J Colman Ltd of Carrow Works (the mustard firm). Stanley was to spend his holiday with her. A few old acquaintances who remembered her husband have called.

Administrative / Biographical History

10 Feb [1902] no year probably 1902 as it follows on that of 13 Jan.

'Rhoda and her children are invited to spend their 10 days holyday at Easter at Mr/Mrs Stuart's at Norwich ... it will be interesting for the children to see the works' The works refers to the big firm of Colman's (Mustard). James Stuart's wife was a sister of Russell Colman then head of the firm, and James Stuart had been made a Director of the firm. The Stuarts lived at Carrow Abbey, near the works.

'A few people ... who recollect my dear husband when he was Vice Principal of the College' The Rev George Butler was Vice Principal of Cheltenham College from 1857 to 1865 when he went to Liverpool to be Head of Liverpool College

Biog: Mr and Mrs Stuart