Josephine Butler to her friend Miss Priestman

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Written from 2 Albany Place, St. Andrew, Fife

Asks her whether she knows whether the Miss Colbys still live in Cheltenham and whether there are any members of the LNA there, She also wants to visit Leckhampton Churchyard where are the graves of her little daughter and if her sister Mrs Smyttan. At the moment two of her sons and 5 grandchildren are at St Andrews. Gives news of Maurice Gregory and his visit to the States as a delegate of the Abolitionist Congress there.

Administrative / Biographical History

8 Sep [1901]. Date: year 1901 before she goes to live in Cheltenham, which she does later in the year.

'so long as my poor sister Mrs Smyttan lived in Cheltenham' Mrs Frances Smyttan, an older sister of JB, lived at Cheltenham for a few years before her death in Sep 1895.

'My five grandchildren here' That included the two children of Stanley who lived there and the three children of George who were staying there. The youngest child of George was born 18 Mar 1901, and her mother died soon after the birth, 26 Apr.

This fixes the date of the letter as not earlier than 1901 and her questions about Cheltenham fit in with her final settling there at the end of the year for a long stay. (See letter of 8 Dec.)

Biog: Mrs Smyttan, The Miss Braggs, Maurice Gregory, M. Minod, Charles [Butler] and his wife and baby