This collection is made up of three letters that Weeden Butler of London, England, wrote to U.S. Senator Pierce Butler in 1790 and 1791. He commented on the French Revolution and provided news of family members and acquaintances, particularly Pierce's son Thomas.
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This collection is made up of three letters that Weeden Butler of London, England, sent to U.S. Senator Pierce Butler in 1790 and 1791. Writing from Chelsea, Weeden provided news of Pierce's son Thomas, discussing the boy's maturation and, to a lesser extent, his studies. He also commented on the progress of the French Revolution, expressing his belief that reports of "massacre and murder" had been greatly exaggerated. His letters briefly mention other topics, such as finances and news of acquaintances.
Biographical / Historical:
Weeden Butler was born in Margate, England, on September 22, 1742, the son of Daniel Butler and Mary Morris. He was apprenticed to a London attorney after being orphaned in his early teens and became an ordained minister around 1764, working closely with William Dodd. Butler took over Dodd's church, the Charlotte Street Chapel, and later became chaplain to Edward, Duke of Kent. In addition to his religious duties, Butler oversaw Sunday schools and ran the Cheyne Walk School in Chelsea for many years. He married Ann Giberne on December 16, 1771; their children included three sons. Butler retired in 1814 and died on July 14, 1823.
2001. M-4131.1 .
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The South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina holds a collection of Pierce Butler-Weeden Butler papers.
Graham, Edward. The Harrow Life of Henry Montagu Butler, D.D. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1920.
Cooper, Thompson, and Philip Carter. "Butler, Weeden (1742-1823)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2004. doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/4214.
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