Papers of Elizabeth Dowse

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of a manuscript journal of a tour of Europe.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miss Elizabeth Dowse (fl.1824-1828) set off in Sep 1826 to spend a winter at Nice with a friend sent there for the 'recovery of her health'. She appears to have travelled with a Mrs Athersole and the latter's niece, Miss Nevill. While presumably based in the South of France for two years, Miss Dowse travelled at various times in Switzerland and Italy. On 21 Sep 1828, the steam packet George IV brought her 'once more to old England'. The following day she states that she was 'at home at my father's after an absence of four years'. She must have been living in France 1824-1828.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Lancashire Record Office in 1998. Previous reference TD 470.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (1 folder only)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The 19th century handwriting in the notebook is hard for a non-expert to read. The text may have been transcribed, as odd words have been written in, in pencil.

Custodial History

The journal was bought at either a car boot or jumble sale and handed to one of the Friends of Lancashire Record Office, she in turn deposited it with The Fawcett Library.

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