Rev George Butler to Josephine Butler ['Dearest Love']

Scope and Content

Written from 'Julian Hill'. He is staying with his family consisting of his mother and two sisters, Emily and Gertrude (a third sister, Ellen, is away in hospital after a leg amputation). The address is given as Julian Hill (see letter of 1 Jun 1868 where the family house is referred to as 'the Mount'. It is not far from Wembley as he mentions driving over there to see Ellen. No date given, but he mentions his mother as 'better'. She died in 1872. So probable date about 1870 in the Spring.)

Gives family news: Emily and Gertrude both cheery. Family whist in the evening. Beethoven's Sonatas, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Julian Hill (his mother's home), Friday c. 8 Apr 1870

'Arthur' - This was Arthur Butler younger brother of Rev George who often stayed with the family

'Spencer' - another brother

'The Goat' - family pet name for George G Butler eldest son of George and JB

'The Westwood party' - where JB and the boys were staying with Theodosia Marshall while Rev George was visiting his mother

There is a Westwood, just outside Leeds, and not far from the Ford family where address was The Grange, Adel, Leeds. In a letter to Mrs Ford 30 Nov 1872, JB says: It would be a very great pleasure to me to stay a day or two with you, but the difficulty is to get Theodosia to allow it ... She will be so angry with me if I dare to suggest being at Leeds, and am not all the time at Westwood

Biog: Arthur Butler; Spencer Butler; Mrs Maria Butler (widow); Theodosia Marshall