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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D8760/F/FEG/1/1
TitleLetters from Sir John Franklin to his daughter Eleanor Isabella Franklin
DescriptionJohn Franklin was frequently away from his daughter Eleanor as a consequence of his career as a naval officer. The first seven letters relate to the time when he was on a tour of duty in the Mediterranean in 1831-1833, during which time Eleanor was brought up with the family of Franklin's sister, Isabella Cracroft, with whom she seems to have remained even after Franklin's return to England. She became fully part of the Franklin family unit when they all travelled to Tasmania in 1836 when Franklin became Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land. He wrote to her in Hobart during the times he was absent visiting other parts of the island. The last two letters sent to her when he was making his way north west on his last Arctic expedition in 1845.
Extent16 items
RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
Archive CreatorEleanor Isabella Franklin, later Eleanor Gell (1824-1860)
Gell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth
TermNaval personnel
Navy officers

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Franklin; Sir; John (1786-1847); naval officer and Arctic explorer
Gell; Eleanor Isabella (1824-1860); daughter of explorer Sir John Franklin
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