Lady Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer Jebb papers
Scope and Contents
The CORRESPONDENCE series consists primarily of letters she wrote to her family between 1858 and 1926. Although there are several written while she was married to Adam Slemmer, most were written from England before and after her marriage to Richard C. Jebb. The majority of the letters are written to her sisters and nieces, especially Ellen Reynolds DuPuy and her children. There are also several letters to her brother-in-law, Charles DuPuy, and to a Jebb relation. They contain a lively and sophisticated look into life in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Jebbs were on intimate terms with many eminent people, and Caroline's letters include descriptions of Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Charles Hale, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ellen Terry, Mark Twain, and William Thackeray. The arrangement is chronological.
The letters written to Lady Jebb include an 1883 letter from Gerald Balfour about the marriage of his son to her niece Nelly, a fragment from George Darwin about his marriage to her niece Maud, and two from a suitor, General George Nagley (1870). These are arranged alphabetically.
The remaining correspondence consists of two professional letters (1867) to Adam Slemmer; one wedding congratulatory letter to Richard Jebb; two personal letters written by him to friends; one to Lady Jebb's niece Emma from her aunt Polly; a copy of an 1884 letter from Caroline Jebb to Mrs. Charles Darwin about her son's wedding plans; and a letter to Mary DuPuy Spencer from Frances F. Preston (1928).
The BIOGRAPHY series consist of brief diary entries, several articles, and a book. The diary entries are four pieces which contain description of her feelings rather than specific narratives. The remaining biographical items are an article written when she died in 1930, a description of a Civil War incident in 1861, and a biographical description by Mary Reed Bobbitt plus a copy of her book With Dearest Love to All. This book, published in 1960 by Lady Jebb's great-great-niece, contains portions of these letters. Researchers are encouraged to use the index in the back of this work for names and subject access.
Dates of Materials
- Majority of material found within 1858-1926
- Jebb, Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Biographical / Historical
2 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
- I. Correspondence
- II. Biography
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Authors, English -- 19th century
- Bobbitt, Mary Reed, ed. |t With Dearest Love to All (1960).
- Garvin, Suzanne Spencer
- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- Jebb, Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer
- Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905
- Lady Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer Jebb papers
- Finding Aid
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