Richard Dickinson family correspondence, 1824-1856.


Richard Dickinson family correspondence, 1824-1856.

Collection of personal letters, mainly containing family news and addressed to other family members. Many of the letters are from Jane Dickinson to her husband, Richard, which describe balls she attends, her pregnancy, and the death of their first-born son, the description of which is accompanied by an elegiac poem. In the letters dated 1829, she also frequently refers to Richard Dickinson's impending court-martial, reporting rumors she has heard about the trial and criticizing its instigator, Sir Edward Codrington. Other letters include one to Jane Dickinson from her sister, Anne (Searle) Lowe, congratulating her on the birth of her third child; and one to Anne's brother-in-law, Richard, announcing her marriage to Peter Stanley-Howe. Other letters are from Jane's mother, Ann (Maddock) Searle, sharing a recipe for an ointment, commenting on the activities and health of friends and family, and inquiring about the birth of her first great-grandchild. The collection also includes three condolence letters from Thomas Smith on the death of Richard Dickinson. The collection also contains one business letter, a memorial of Richard Dickinson addressed to Robert Dundas, Viscount Melville written in 1824, summarizing his accomplishments in the Navy and requesting employment in the Preventive Service.

0.42 linear ft. (1 box)

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