Correspondence

Scope and Content

Comprises:

* Manuscript letter from Eliza Tabor to her sister Mary Catherine Tabor, c.1860.

* Manuscript letter from Eliza Tabor to her sister Mary Catherine Tabor, 12 Jan 1861.

* Notebook, containing letters transcribed by Eliza Tabor, c.1860 (copies of her own sent letters ?)

* Letter from Mary Catherine Tabor to her sister Eliza Tabor, Nov 1879. Mary Tabor discusses the concept of 'the noble housewife'. She compares the condition of contemporary and biblical women, criticises the ideals of womanhood alluded to in contemporary sermons and draws parallels between the limitations placed on women under the laws of the Roman Empire and the oppression of women within Victorian society. She discusses women and work in biblical and contemporary society. Tabor criticises the practice within English law of transferring a wife's wealth to her husband on marriage, leaving women in a position of insecurity and dependence. She decries the fact that women are refused the possibility of self-fulfilment through meaningful contribution to society. The biblical woman is prized for her strength and honour, in contrast to the traits admired in the Victorian female of fragility and delicacy. Her argument concludes that the current state of urban poverty, crime and squalor is the natural result of the inactivity of whole sections of the female community who are confined to an unproductive domestic sphere.

* Manuscript letter from Mary Catherine Tabor to her sister Eliza Tabor, entitled, 'Five o'clock tea', addressed to Malvern, 23 Sep c.1880. Discusses a recent picnic, changing fashions, a necklace recently acquired by Mary Tabor in India, and the correct way to make tea.