RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
Former ReferenceD3311/8/1/14
TitleLetter from Eleanor Anne Porden to John Franklin, while he is still undertaking his first Arctic land expedition
Date21 May 1822
DescriptionHis father unable to write because of rheumatism; they missed the chance to send letters; Barrow believes Franklin and Parry will have met; concerns of Dr Thomson and Dr Hutton about him in his absence; she will leave politics to the men, with little having happened since the Coronation; the weather has been mixed up, with very little snow but plenty of floods and storms, several instances being named; she has just sent off the final part of her "Couer de Lion", which she was engaged on when he was in England, although she cannot remember if she had told him; she has sent him her Ode on the Coronation; last year they went to Normandy, having an unpleasant journey on the Channel back; her sister and Mrs Kay have been invalids. PS: she had omitted mentions of a family of laplanders and herd of reindeer being exhibited on Bagshot Heath, the Spitzbergen panorama having been converted into the Bay of Naples, with his portrait now swallowed in Mount Vesuvius, and on other unusual weather phenomena in the world.
Endorsed as being answered 2 Oct 1822, Atlantic Ocean
Extent2 sheets
SenderEleanor Anne Porden
Sender_LocationBerners Street
RecipientJohn Franklin
Recipient_LocationNo address
Archive CreatorSir John Franklin (1786-1847)
Gell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth
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