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Lady Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer Jebb Papers, 1858-1960 (Bulk: 1858-1926)
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 228

Abstract:
Intellectual and socialite. The majority of the collection is correspondence, primarily letters written from England by Lady Jebb's, to her family. The letters describe late 19th century England and many literary figures with whom Lady Jebb socialized, including Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Charles Hale, Oliver Wendell Homes, James Russell Lowell, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ellen Terry, Mark Twain, and William Thackeray. Also included are brief diary entries, articles, and a copy of the published book, With Dearest Love to All, by Mary Reed Bobbitt, Lady Jebb's great-great-niece, containing portions of these letters.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open according to the rules of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to Caroline Lane Reynolds Jebb unpublished materials. Mary Reed Bobbitt owns copyright for her manuscript. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission is required to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
First page of letter to "Mary" written from Albemarle Club, 1885

First page of letter to "Mary" written
from Albemarle Club, 1885

Caroline Lane Reynolds was born in 1840 in Evansburg, Pennsylvania. She was married in 1856 to U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer and the couple lived at military outposts in South Carolina, Florida, and Wyoming Territory. After his death in 1868 she lived briefly in Cambridge, England, and was visiting Paris at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. In 1874 she married British Classicist Richard Claverhouse Jebb and joined social circles embracing George Eliot, Tennyson, Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, and Bret Harte. For a more complete biographical sketch see the attached article written at the time of her death in 1930.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Lady Jebb Papers consist of 1 linear foot of correspondence and printed material.

The CORRESPONDENCE series consists primarily of letters she wrote to her family between 1858 and 1926. Although there are several written while she was married to Adam Slemmer, most were written from England before and after her marriage to Richard C. Jebb. The majority of the letters are written to her sisters and nieces, especially Ellen Reynolds DuPuy and her children. There are also several letters to her brother-in-law, Charles DuPuy, and to a Jebb relation. They contain a lively and sophisticated look into life in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Jebbs were on intimate terms with many eminent people, and Caroline's letters include descriptions of Robert Browning, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Charles Hale, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Ellen Terry, Mark Twain, and William Thackeray. The arrangement is chronological.

The letters written to Lady Jebb include an 1883 letter from Gerald Balfour about the marriage of his son to her niece Nelly, a fragment from George Darwin about his marriage to her niece Maud, and two from a suitor, General George Nagley (1870). These are arranged alphabetically.

The remaining correspondence consists of two professional letters (1867) to Adam Slemmer; one wedding congratulatory letter to Richard Jebb; two personal letters written by him to friends; one to Lady Jebb's niece Emma from her aunt Polly; a copy of an 1884 letter from Caroline Jebb to Mrs. Charles Darwin about her son's wedding plans; and a letter to Mary DuPuy Spencer from Frances F. Preston (1928).

The BIOGRAPHY series consist of brief diary entries, several articles, and a book. The diary entries are four pieces which contain description of her feelings rather than specific narratives. The remaining biographical items are an article written when she died in 1930, a description of a Civil War incident in 1861, and a biographical description by Mary Reed Bobbitt plus a copy of her book With Dearest Love to All. This book, published in 1960 by Lady Jebb's great-great-niece, contains portions of these letters. Researchers are encouraged to use the index in the back of this work for names and subject access.

This collection is organized into two series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open according to the rules of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to Caroline Lane Reynolds Jebb unpublished materials. Mary Reed Bobbitt owns copyright for her manuscript. Copyright to materials created by other individuals may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission is required to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Lady Caroline Lane Reynolds Jebb Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The letters of Lady Caroline Lane Jebb were a gift from her great-great-niece Suzanne Spencer Garvin in 1989.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. CORRESPONDENCE



Caroline Lane Jebb



Outgoing to family



1858-61

Box 1: folder 1
1870-71

Box 1: folder 2-3
1874-89

Box 1: folder 4-18
1875-1909

Box 2: folder 19-24
1911-15

Box 2: folder 25
1917-26

Box 2: folder 26-28
Incoming, A-Z,
1861-83

Box 2: folder 29
Adam J. Slemmer from military colleagues,
1867

Box 2: folder 30
Richard Claverhouse Jebb with friends,
1874

Box 2: folder 31
Miscellaneous,
1917, 1928, 1960

Box 2: folder 32
Series II. BIOGRAPHY



Diary entries,
1882-84,1906, 1908

Box 2: folder 33
Articles,
1930, n.d.

Box 2: folder 34
With Dearest Love to All, edited by Mary Reed Bobbitt
(1960)

Box 2
Photograph of Caroline Jebb's husband, Richard Claverhouse Jebb


Flat File

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905
  • Authors, English--19th century--Sources
  • Great Britain--Intellectual life--19th century--Sources
  • Great Britain--Social life and customs--19th century--Sources
  • Jebb, Caroline Lane Reynolds Slemmer, Lady, 1840-1930


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