Note by Josephine Butler

Scope and Content

A note not addressed to anyone or signed or dated or with any address, but the handwriting is Josephine Butler's

Stating that 'people are all sending me Lady Cook's letters and nobody seems to know who she is, but I know' [Lady Cook and her sister Victoria Woodhull were two American sisters who after an adventurous and scandalous career in America, came to England. Victoria married in 1883 John Biddulph Martin, while Tennessee married in 1885 Francis Cook, who was shortly after made a baronet. Their family name was Claflin. For full details see 'The Terrible Siren', Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) by Emanie Sachs. 1928] Josephine Butler's view of them was 'They are vulgar and uneducated but both had great beauty. Chaflin married a rich old English baronet (Cook) and poses now as somebody, but all her writings savour of sensuality and materialism.

Administrative / Biographical History

Biog: Lady Cook