Josephine Butler to Rhoda Butler

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from La Gordanne, pres Perroy, the Swiss home of Hatty Meuricoffre, situated on the lake of Geneva

She is thinking of them on the long journey home from St Helen's Isle of Wight to their home in St Andrew's. Glad to hear that she learning to ride a bicycle. She criticises lady riders 'when they raise their knees too high'. Tells her that Thekla (Hatty's daughter now married with children) has just bought a bicycle at Geneva. Also that Mia's baby (born in Jul) 'behaved disgracefully at her christening screaming all the time'.

'They were at the Spencers - the old people being away and Isabel gave a nice tea after it'.

Administrative / Biographical History

'Thekla' was Hatty Meuricoffre's daughter.

'Mia' was George G Butler's wife, married 1893. They had 3 children: Hetha b 27 Jun 1896; Horace b 31 Jan 1898 and Irene b 18 Mar 1901.

'Spencer Percival Butler' (1828-1915), younger brother of the Rev George Butler, married Mary Kendal and they had 12 children. Mary Isabel (b 1866) who dispensed tea to them was the 3rd child.

'Uncle Frank' was Sir Francis Galton who had married Louisa Butler, sister of Spencer and Rev George; famous for his studies in heredity (hence the joke about the microscope).

'Con' was Constance Bolton (b 1866) daughter of Emily (Josephine Butler's sister) by her 2nd husband Jasper Bolton. She was a sister of Rhoda, Stanley's wife and was married to Frank Hudson in 1892.

'Uncle Charles' was Charles Grey, brother of Josephine Butler.

Biog: Thekla (Hatty's daughter), Hetha (Butler), Spencer Percival Butler, Mary Isabel Butler, Sir Francis Galton, Charles Grey