Mrs Isabella Elder's accounts of her travels after Mr John Elder's death in 1869 and her subsequent trouble with the Russian adventurer

Scope and Content

Includes copies of letters written etc. After her husband's death Isabella travelled Europe with a friend, Caroline Jay, and was pursued by a Russian man whom she met on the train. The man claimed to have lost assets in America during the great fire of Chicago. He repeatedly asked her for loans and also proposed marriage. The Russian pursued Isabella to the extent that she felt threatened, and told people that they were engaged, as if he could prove that she had broken a promise of marriage then he could claim money from her, knowing that she was a very wealthy widow. The pursuit eventually stopped when Isabella told her brother who then involved their lawyer Dr Roberson