Josephine Butler to her dear friends [the Priestmans]

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  • Reference
      GB 106 3JBL/30/02
  • Former Reference
      GB 106 4218; 4197
  • Dates of Creation
      c.4 Jan 1891
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      1 item

Scope and Content

Written from Territet, Vaud; continued in Geneva. 1890 continues 'to fill up the measure of its sadness to its last hour'; she had just got the news from St Andrews of the dangerous illness of her grandchild, Josephine (Stanley's daughter) a child very dear to her; she longs to go to her but dare not risk the journey. She has heard from Amelie about Adela's death. She hopes to attend the Committee of the Federation at Geneva and stay with Mme. De Gingins. She would be glad of an opportunity to say something for 'really I am not pleased with them'. She explains that one of her main reasons for leaving home was to write a memoir of her beloved husband. On the train to Basle she had met Mr Stead who had offered her a handsome sum if she would write her autobiography for him to publish. 'I wrote later refusing the offer.' Though she got all the credit in connection with the repeal cause, the world does not yet know how much she owed to her husband. She hopes that the memoir will reveal some of this.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sunday 4 Jan [1891]

'Amelie Humbert went in my place to see dear Adela's face, and to take some flowers'

For letters and notes on Adela see letters of 4, 13, 29 Nov 1890 and 29-30 Dec.

'The next city of our Conference for net year'

A slip for 'this' year. They met as suggested here in Brussels, 5-7 Oct 1891.

'express a hope that Geneva is making progress towards ... abolishing the state patronage of the houses of debauchery there'

This hope was shattered in 1896 and not realised till 1927.

'I am trying to write a memoir of my beloved husband'

Published as: 'Recollections of George Butler' 1892.

Biog: Mrs Fanny Smyttan; Adela Grey; Amelie Humbert; Oecksenheim; M Minod; Mme de Gingins; Mr Stead