Josephine Butler to Charles G Grey

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Written from Wooler, Northumberland

Thanks him for his letter and 'the kind words you have quoted to me from the Archbishop of Armagh'. She would like him to know that the spiritual awakening in Spain he refers to is not Roman Catholic but wholly Evangelical. Her correspondent writes to her from Madrid. The converts believe that there will be a fierce opposition on the part of the priests, because a number of youths of high rank have joined the revival movement. 'Perhaps the young king may be caught by the holy fire!'

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Charles G Grey, JB' sbrother in Ireland

'The kind words you have quoted to me from the Archbishop of Armagh'

The holder of this office was Primate of Ireland

'Perhaps the young king [of Spain] may be caught by the Hold fire!'

This was Alfonso XIII (1886-1941) King of Spain 1886-1831. The posthumous son of Alfonso XII, he assumed power in 1906 following the regency of his mother and in the same year married Princess Ena of Battenburg, granddaughter of Queen Victoria ... Popular discontent aided by economic depression led to the proclamation of a republic in 1931

(Hutchinson's New 20th c Encyc)

'The story I have sent you about the Bible in Thibet is wonderful'

See letters of 14 Aug and 17 Aug 1905

Biog: Charles Grey Grey; M Theodore Fliedner; Alfonso XIII; Archbishop of Armagh