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Archive Reference / Library Class No.D8760/F/FEG/1/2
TitleLetters from Jane, Lady Franklin (née Griffin) to her stepdaughter Eleanor Isabella Franklin, later Gell
DescriptionThese letters were written from the period just before the marriage of Jane Griffin to John Franklin, which took place on 5 Nov 1828, until just after the marriage of Eleanor to John Philip Gell on 3 July 1849. Eleanor's marriage effectively marked the end of any positive relationship between Lady Franklin and Eleanor; there were an estrangement between them almost immediately, caused initially by Eleanor's wish to have papers and effects of her father's which she felt belonged to her, and then by concerns over the proposed spending of her father's estate on search expeditions instigated by Lady Franklin; it was not until 1855, when the fate of the Franklin expedition had recently become known, that there was reconciliation between the two, but cordial relations were never restored.
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RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
Archive CreatorEleanor Isabella Franklin, later Eleanor Gell (1824-1860)
Gell family of Hopton Hall, Wirksworth

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Gell; Eleanor Isabella (1824-1860); daughter of explorer Sir John Franklin
Franklin; Lady; Jane (1791-1875); second wife of Sir John Franklin, campaigner and traveller
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