Today, and every day, I give thanks for this fascinating project! And for all of you who read about it, and especially those of you contributing to it!
Here’s just a short list of people who have bits, parts, and pieces of this project; some have even found me, through this blog:
Alan Godfrey – letters to, from & about Fanny Seymour.
Jeremy Catto, Oxford University, owns Drummond’s letter book, into which were copied all his letters to his sisters; and a bow to Rob Petrie who photographed the book page-by-page.
Mark Woodford – his father purchased an obscure diary, which just happens to be the earliest known diary (1798) written by Augusta Smith (Mrs Charles Smith, of Suttons).
Angela in Alberta, Canada shared with me her transcription of a truly delightful letter penned in 1824 by Augusta Smith (Mrs Henry Wilder, of Purley).
Jacky in Maidstone, England shared so many letters and journals; especially dear to my heart is Maria’s Progress, an astonishing book Mamma wrote over the years about her youngest child. Jacky’s favorites are Aunt Emma’s travel journals; precious indeed.
Mike E. in Surrey was among the first to really offer “help” – he’s taken photos, dug in databases and archives, visited churches.
Mike H. at Tring Park has sent items and photos that truly flesh out the Smiths’ Tring era.
Charlotte Frost volunteered to be my “eyes” at Oxford, and photographed three albums of drawings; she also shared her biography on Sir William Knighton (Richard Seymour’s uncle) and some research notes.
Craig in Australia had ties to the family’s Essex past, and he alerted me to the sale of the one letter I am grateful to say I own.
Eliza shared the precious image of Mimi Smith.
Caroline Benson, at the Museum of Rural English Life (Reading), helped me obtain photos.
Mark Booth, Robert Eyre, Robert Pitt, and Clare Murdoch helped with the microfilm of Richard Seymour’s diaries, held at the Warwickshire Record Office. I am currently transcribing these.
Jenny Sherwood‘s writings on John Culme-Seymour has led to the discovery of several photos of John & Maria.
Robin Jenkins kindly alerted me to the Macklin Album, which surely has ties to Aunt Emma Smith, of Glenville.
Freydis and Damaris have shared great conversation about their forebears.