G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. VIII (ff. 116). Family correspondence of memb ... 

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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. VIII (ff. 116). Family correspondence of members of the Chesterton and Blogg families; circa 1879-1955. Partly typewritten copies. For correspondence of Frances Chesterton with others than Gilbert, see Add. 73454-73456.

Contents:

1. f. 1. Letter from Blanche Blogg, mother of Frances Chesterton née Blogg, to G. K. Chesterton; circa 1898.

2. ff. 2-8. Letters, one imperfect, from G. K. Chesterton to Ethel Blogg afterw. Oldershaw, sister of Frances, one letter from Ethel Blogg to Chesterton and typewritten extract from a letter from Ethel Grenfell, Baroness Desborough to Ethel Oldershaw; [1898]-1944.

3. ff. 9-46v. Letters from G. K. Chesterton to Frances Chesterton née Blogg; [1898]-1906, n.d. Partly typewritten copies, partly extracts. Some of these letters are printed in full or in part in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 85-94, in Return to Chesterton, pp. 34-37, 40-43, 45, 50-52, 233-236, 248-250, and in D. Barker, op. cit., pp. 82-83, 98. The originals of the typewritten copies, and of other letters printed in the former work, were destroyed by Dorothy Collins on the instructions of Frances Chesterton, as recorded in a note by Dorothy Collins prefixed to the letters (f. 9). Some other typewritten copies are to be found in the working papers assembled by Maisie Ward in Add. 73481 B.

4. f. 47. Letter from George Knollys Blogg, brother of Frances, asking for G. K. Chesterton's subscription to the I.D.K. Tennis Club; 1899. Duplicated and signed.

5. ff. 48-49. Letter from Gertrude Blogg, sister of Frances, to G. K. Chesterton; 1898. Gertrude Blogg was secretary to Rudyard Kipling and was engaged to Reginald Brimley Johnson, who became Chesterton's first publisher, when she was fatally injured in a road accident in 1899. Published in part in M. Ffinch, op. cit., p. 56.

6. ff. 50-57v. Letter from Arthur Chesterton, G. K. Chesterton's paternal grandfather, to his grand-daughter Alice; 1891. With a covering note from Alice's sister, May Muriel Chesterton, to Dorothy Collins, written in 1955 (f. 57), with photographs of Alice in youth and old age, and of Arthur Chesterton and his wife.

7. ff. 58-61v. Letters from Cecil Edward Chesterton to his brother, G. K. Chesterton; [1892], 1896. One letter published in M. Coren, op. cit., p. 120.

8. f. 62. Letter from Cyril A. Chesterton, a kinsman, of Santa Barbara, California, to G. K. Chesterton; 1931. Signed.

9. ff. 63-68v. Letters from Edward Chesterton to his son, G. K. Chesterton; 1895, 1917. With a draft letter from Edward Chesterton to an unnamed correspondent on the family's history (f. 68v). One letter published in M. Ffinch, op. cit., pp. 45-46.

10. ff. 69-88. Correspondence between G. K. Chesterton and Maria Louise Chesterton née Grosjean, his mother; [1895]-1931. Some letters published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 81-83, 130-132, 396-397, and in M. Ffinch, op. cit., p. 44.

11. ff. 89-93v. Letters from May Muriel Chesterton (see also art. 6 above) to Maisie Ward; 1944. Partly signed.

12. f. 94. Letter from Mildred M. Chesterton, a kinswoman, to G. K. Chesterton; 1929. Typewritten copy.

13. ff. 95-96v. Letter from Norah Chesterton, a kinswoman, to G. K. and Frances Chesterton; 1918.

14. f. 97. Letter from Sidney R. Chesterton, brother of Edward, to Emily Chesterton; 1924. Typewritten copy.

15. ff. 98-99. Two letters from G. K. Chesterton to an aunt, probably Alice Grosjean, his mother's sister; circa 1879.

16. ff. 101-102. Letter from Alice Grosjean, signed "Sloper", to G. K. Chesterton; 1899.

17. ff. 103-112. Letters from Nora Grosjean, Marie Chesterton's niece, to G. K. Chesterton; 1895, 1898.

18. ff. 113-114v. Letter from Vera Grosjean, a cousin, to G. K. Chesterton; circa 1900.

19. ff. 115-116. Letters from Ada Chesterton née Jones, widow of Chesterton's brother Cecil, to G. K. Chesterton; 1925, 1930. Signed "Keith", being part of her pseudonym J. Keith Prothero.

includes:

  • f. 1 Blanche Blogg, mother of Frances Chesterton née Blogg: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Blanche Blogg: circa 1898.
  • ff. 2-7 Ethel Blogg, afterwards Oldershaw; sister of Frances Chesterton née Blogg: Correspondence with G. K. Chesterton: [1898]-1899.
  • f. 8 Ethel Anne Priscilla Grenfell, née Fane; wife of William, Baron Desborough: Ethel Blogg, afterwards Oldershaw; sister of Frances Chesterton née Blogg: Letter to Ethel Oldershaw from Lady Desborough: 1944: Typewritten copy.
  • ff. 9-46v Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Letters from G. K. Chesterton to Frances Alice Chesterton: [1898]-1906, n.d.: Partly typewritten copies and extracts.
  • f. 47 George Knollys Blogg, brother of Frances Chesterton née Blogg: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from George Knollys Blogg: 1899: Signed.
  • f. 48 Gertrude Blogg, sister of Frances Chesterton née Blogg: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Gertrude Blogg: 1898.
  • ff. 50, 55, 57 Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: May Muriel Chesterton, grand-daughter of Arthur Chesterton: Letters to Dorothy Edith Collins from May Muriel Chesterton: 1955.
  • f. 51 Arthur Chesterton, grandfather of G K Chesterton: Alice Chesterton, grand-daughter of Arthur Chesterton: Letter to Alice Chesterton from Arthur Chesterton: 1891.
  • ff. 53, 54 Art. Photographs: Alice Chesterton, grand-daughter of Arthur Chesterton: Photographs of Alice Chesterton in youth and old age: n.d.
  • f. 56 Art. Photographs: Arthur Chesterton, grandfather of G K Chesterton: Photograph of Arthur Chesterton and his wife: n.d.
  • ff. 58-61v Cecil Edward Chesterton, brother of G K Chesterton; journalist: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Cecil Edward Chesterton: [1892], 1896.
  • f. 62 Cyril A. Chesterton, accountant, of California: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Cyril A. Chesterton: 1931: Signed.
  • ff. 63-66v Edward Chesterton, estate agent; father of G K Chesterton: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Edward Chesterton: 1895, 1917.
  • f. 68v Edward Chesterton, estate agent; father of G K Chesterton: Letter to — from Edward Chesterton: [1902?]: Draft.
  • ff. 69-88 Maria Louise Chesterton, mother of G K Chesterton: Correspondence with G. K. Chesterton of Maria Louise Chesterton: [1895]-1931.
  • ff. 89-93v May Muriel Chesterton, grand-daughter of Arthur Chesterton: Maisie Ward, afterwards Sheed; author and publisher: Letters to Maisie Ward from May Muriel Chesterton: 1944: Partly signed.
  • f. 94# Mildred M. Chesterton, of Rochester, NY: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Mildred M. Chesterton: 1929: Typewritten copy.
  • f. 95 Norah Chesterton, cousin of G K Chesterton: Letter to G. K. and Frances Chesterton from Norah Chesterton: 1918.
  • f. 97 Sidney R. Chesterton, brother of Edward Chesterton: Emily Chesterton, of Ilford: Letter to Emily Chesterton from Sidney R. Chesterton: 1924: Typewritten copy.
  • ff. 98-102 Alice Grosjean, aunt of G K Chesterton: Correspondence with G. K. Chesterton of Alice Grosjean: circa 1879-1899.
  • ff. 103-112 Nora Grosjean, cousin of G K Chesterton: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Nora Grosjean: 1895, 1898.
  • f. 113 Vera Grosjean, cousin of G K Chesterton: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Vera Grosjean: circa 1900.
  • ff. 115-116 Ada Elizabeth Chesterton, née Jones; journalist and author, wife of Cecil Chesterton: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Ada Elizabeth Chesterton: 1925, 1930: Signed.

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