Fonds BC247-BC250 - H Mary White Papers

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ZA UCT BC247-BC250


H Mary White Papers


  • 14th-18th centuries; mid-19th to early 20th centuries (Creation)

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5 archive boxes

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Donoted by Dr Harriet M Lulu Bolus and Miss H Mary White.

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A Tudor MS of 23 folio leaves; 17 documents and property transfers on parchment, many with seals attached from Welton (also Wellton) and Upton, some dated (by later owners), late 14th and early 15th century; one letter on handmade paper 'for Abell Barber, Baronet at Mt. Larkin... Warricke House,in Holborn' dated '72(?) your truely loveing wife A Barber'. Donation mainly consists of documents relating to properties which formerly belonged to 45 ancestors of the White family, of which Gilbert White of Selborne (1720-1793) was a member.

A set of scales, reputed to have been in constant use by Gilbert White; six letters of which one is an outstanding item: a holograph letter to his sister-in-law about conditions in 1788, his relations and his brother's health. In later years his sister-in-law ran his home in Selborne.

Two small holograph notebooks containing lists of wild flowers made by Miss HM White.

Two albums containing ca.750 autographs, letters and notes. Many of the notes are addressed to the Rev. Henry Master White (first Headmaster of Diocesan College, Rondebosch, and later Canon White of Grahamstown). Many of the documents relate to prominent political and ecclesiastical English and South African figures dating from the mid-19th to the beginning of the 20th century.


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  • English

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