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Letter from Catherine Heathcote to Jane Williams, 19 July 1842

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  • Description

    Regarding their niece Lydia's birthday, which she celebrated abroad. Catherine writes of the Missionary and Bible meetings she managed at Southwell, the pupils she expected back at her school, her visit to Janes mother in Nottingham, and of hearing Mr Davies preach. Further, Catherine mentions that she had engaged a new Swiss governess and that she celebrated the Marshes wedding on July 7, 1842.

    Finally, an interesting comment made in this letter is that Catherine believed a man named Edward kept his daughters too secluded by not allowing them to go anywhere without him.

    Southwell, England

    A black wax seal remains on verso

  • Other Id

    MS-1991-75-234 (Reference Number)

    13768 (Presto content ID)

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    Letter from Catherine Heathcote to Jane Williams, 19 July 1842
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    4 pp on 1 leaf ; 227 mm x 375 mm (open) ; 227 mm x 188 mm (folded)

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    [Keywords: Correspondence, Letter, Daughter, Birth, Personal, Domestic, Missionary, School, Boarding, Holiday, Father, Missionary Women]

  • Subject Notes
    Catherine Heathcote (nee Williams) was the fifth daughter of Thomas Williams and Mary Marsh. Catherine ran the girls school at Elmfield House in Southwell started by her mother. She contributed generously to the mission efforts of her brothers giving 700 English pounds toward the building of the Maori boys school at Te Aute and a similar sum for the girls school at Hukarere. [more information: Faith and Farming the legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams. pg. 16]
  • Last Update
    07 Jul 2023
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