Letters and journals 1780-1833, originally collected by Charlotte, Lady Bedingfeld. The collection comprises extensive family correspondence spanning the years 1776 to 1824. Many of the letters are addressed to Charlotte from her mother, Lady Jerningham. Some letters are from Charlotte's brothers and sisters in law, and in particular Lady Frances Jerningham, wife of her brother, Sir George Jerningham. Other letters are from her own children, away at school and the subsequently as adults, and from other members of the families of Jerningham and Bedingfeld. The correspondence begins during Charlotte's childhood and continues throughout her schooldays and marriage until just before her mother's death in 1824. The collection also includes Charlotte's journals, which she kept spasmodically between 1809 and 1833. These cover the final illness and death of her father, Sir William Jerningham, a period of time she spent at Hammersmith convent, and her attendance at court on Queen Adelaide
Both families were Roman Catholic, and the collection is a rich source for the study of Catholic spirituality, education and marriage in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as being a valuable record for Norfolk history and women's history.