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Diary, 1856 August 2-26

 Item — Box: Vol. 5
Call Number: MSS 28

Scope and Contents

Holograph diary describing Ellen Fenton’s family vacation at Boulogne-sur-mer, 1857. This first volume would be later worked up into Fenton’s fair copies of her 1856 diaries (Volumes 3 and 4). The existence of this draft version suggests that Fenton created preliminary drafts for all of her journals, though this is the only one present. The handwriting, as well as prose style, is less legible in this draft volume than in subsequent volumes. She also sometimes uses different names for her children – particularly for her youngest child, “Titchey” or “Titchet” who is referred to in the fair copies as “Hal”.

Some of the details are later embellished, and Fenton uses the names of family and friends in the draft volume whereas she uses pseudonyms or crosses out names in later drafts. Small adjustments aside, much of the information is repeated verbatim in the fair copy volumes.


  • 1856 August 2-26


Language of Materials

From the Collection: The diaries are in English, with some French.

Physical Description

1 volume (84 pages)

; c. 32 x 20 cm.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

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