Photocopy of an incomplete letter from Bessie Rayner Parkes to Mary [-]

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Shelfmark: MS. Shelley adds. c. 13, fols. 1-5
Title: Photocopy of an incomplete letter from Bessie Rayner Parkes to Mary [-]
Dates of Creation: 15 Nov 1857
Extent: 5 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English


Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc (1829-1925) was an English feminist and campaigners for women’s rights in Victorian times and also a poet, essayist and journalist.

Scope and Content

Photocopy of an incomplete letter from Bessie Rayner Parkes to Mary [-], 15 Nov 1857. The letter describes her first visit to Sir Percy Florence Shelley (the son of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) and his wife Jane, Lady Shelley at Boscombe Manor, near Bournemouth.

Related Material

See also the Abinger catalogue of the correspondence and papers of the Godwin and Shelley families (MS. Abinger b. 1-6; c. 1-31, 31*, 32-92; d. 1-38; e. 1-69); the Shelley collection of manuscripts and relics (MSS. Shelley c. 1, d. 1-3, e. 1-6; Shelley relics (a)-(g)); and the additional Shelley papers (MSS. Shelley adds. a. 1 (R), b. 1-2, c. 2-16, d. 1-19, e. 1-27, f. 1-5; MSS. Shelley Deeds c. 1-23; Shelley Relics (h)-(j), 1-35).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Taken by Margaret Crum in 1975 from the original at Cologny-Geneva, Fondation Martin Bodmer, S.N., see M. C. Crum, English and American autographs in the Bodmeriana, Cologny-Genève 1977, p. 62.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Shelley adds. c. 13, fol. 1

Access Point(s)

Parkes | Bessie Rayner | 1829-1925 | feminist and writer

English literature -- 19th century

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