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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biography
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  • List of Correspondents
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Trollope Family Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1825-1915
    Collection number: 712
    Creator: Trollope family
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Frances Milton Trollope (1780-1863) was born in Stapleton, near Bristol, England. She briefly lived in the U.S., but returned to England in 1831. Out of the experience came her best known work, The Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832). Frances and her husband, Thomas Adolphus, both wrote many novels and books. The collection consists of letters, manuscripts, and historical documents of the Trollope family. Most of the collection consists of the correspondence of Frances Milton Trollope, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, and Frances Ternan Trollope.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Winifred A. Myers, purchase.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Trollope Family Papers (Collection 712). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Frances Milton Trollope was born on March 10, 1780 in Stapleton, near Bristol, England; married barrister Thomas Anthony Trollope; they had seven children, including the writer Thomas Adolphus; Frances sailed to the U.S. in 1827, opening a store in Cincinnati, Ohio; the enterprise failed, and she returned to England in 1831; out of the experience came her best known work, The Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832); after the family became officially bankrupt, they moved to Bruges, Belgium in 1834, the father dying the following year; after returning to England and living in various places the next 10 years, Frances and Thomas Adolphus moved to Florence, Italy, where she wrote novels and travel books, including The Widow Barnaby (1839), The Widow Married (1840), and Petticoat Government (1850); Thomas Adolphus' published works include A Decade of Italian Women (1859), Durnton Abbey (1871), and What I Remember (1888); Frances died on October 6, 1863 in Florence, Italy, and Thomas Adolphus in 1892; Frances Eleanor Ternan married Thomas Adolphus in 1866, and cultivated a literary circle at the Villino Trollope in Florence.

    Biographraphical Narrative

    Mrs. Frances Eleanor Ternan was an actress well known by her maiden name of Fanny Jarman. Her three daughters were put on the stage at an early age, appearing in the lesser theatricals of the time. From this, each embarked on her own particular and interesting career. The eldest, Frances Eleanor, married Thomas Adolphus in 1866 after the death of his first wife, Theodosia Garrow, taking over the care of Beatrice (Bici), Thomas Adolphus' daughter, and the cultivation of a brilliant literary circle at the Villino Trollope in Florence. Maria Ternan, afterwards Mrs. W. Rowland Taylor, lived with her husband in Rome and became noted as artist, portrait painter, and news correspondent. The youngest, Ellen Lawless Ternan, formed a relationship with Charles Dickens, and according to Ada Nisbet, was his mistress for the last twelve years of his life. In 1876, she married the Rev. George Wharton Robinson, an Anglican clergyman who later gave up orders and established his own school at Margate in which he and his wife both taught. There were two children, Geoffrey Wharton Robinson, b. 1879, and Gladys Eleanor Wharton Robinson, b. 1885.
    The relationship between the three Ternan sisters was warm and close, combining into one web the threads of three interesting lives, weaving together the names of Dickens, the Trollopes, as well as other prominent French, Italian, and English literary and political figures of the latter half of the 19th. century.
    For further information, see:
    • Bigland, Eileen. The Indomitable Mrs. Trollope. London, James Barrie, 1953.
    • Nisbet, Ada. Dickens & Ellen Ternan. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1953.
    • Stebbins, Lucy Poate and Richard Poate Stebbins. The Trollopes, the Chronicle of a Writing Family. Columbia University Press, New York, 1945.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of letters, manuscripts, and historical documents of the Trollope family. Most of the collection consists of the correspondence of Frances Milton Trollope, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, and Frances Ternan Trollope. There are 5 letters from Anthony Trollope and two letters to him. Correspondents include Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Richard Henry Dana, George Eliot, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Somerville, and Frederick Tennyson. Literary manuscripts include three signed holograph poems, one each from Mary Howitt, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and Thomas Adolphus Trollope.

    Expanded Scope and Content

    A collection of letters, manuscripts, and historical documents of the Trollope family, formerly in the possession of Major Geoffrey Wharton Robinson, b. 1879, whose aunt was Mrs. Frances Eleanor Trollope, née Ternan, second wife of Thomas Adolphus Trollope. The major part of the collection relates to Mrs. Frances Milton Trollope, writer and mother of Thomas Adolphus and Anthony; to Thomas Adolphus and to Frances Eleanor Ternan Trollope, her mother and two sisters.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Trollope family--Archives.
    Trollope, Frances Milton, 1780-1863--Archives.
    Trollope, Thomas Adolphus, 1810-1892--Archives.
    Trollope, Frances Eleanor, d. 1913--Archives.
    Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882--Archives.
    Authors, English--Archival resources.

    List of Correspondents

    Austin, Alfred, 1835-1913.
    Bancroft, Sir Squire, 1841-1926.
    Bartley, George, 1782(?)-1858.
    Beresford, Charles William, 1846-1919.
    Blessington, Marguerite (Power) Farmer Gardiner, countess of, 1789-1849.
    Blumenthal, Jacques [Jacob] 1829-1908.
    Bonaparte, Joseph Napoleon, prince de Musingnano.
    Buonarroti, C.
    Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley, bart., 1833-1898.
    Burne-Jones, Sir Philip, 2nd. bart., 1861-.
    Burton, Sir Frederick William, 1816-1900.
    Chapman, Frederic, 1823-1895.
    Clarke, Mary Victoria Cowden-Clarke, 1809-1898.
    Coquelin, Charles, 1803-1852.
    Dalling and Bulwer, William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, baron, 1801-1927.
    Dana, Richard Henry, 1787-1879.
    D'Arusmont, Mme, Frnaces (Wright) 1795-1852.
    Davenport,, n.d.
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
    Dixon, William Hepworth, 1821-1879.
    Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st. marquis of, 1826-1902.
    Eliot, George, pseud., 1819-1880.
    Fields, Mrs. James (Annie Adams) 1834-1915.
    Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892.
    Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882.
    Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906.
    Garrow, Joseph, d. 1860.
    Grattan, Thomms Colley, 1792-1864.
    Gibson, John, 1817-1892(?)
    Haliburton, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865.
    Hall, Basil, 1788-1844.
    Hall, Samuel Carter, 1800-1889.
    Hatton, Joseph, 1841-1907.
    Horner, Miss Susan, d. 1900.
    Hayward, Abraham, 1801-1884.
    Hillebrand, Karl, 1829-1884.
    Howitt, Mary (Botham) 1799-1888.
    Howitt, William, 1792-1879.
    Hughes, Thomas, 1822-1896.
    Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910.
    Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833.
    Kirkup, Seymour Stocker, 1788-1880.
    La Fayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Rich Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de, 1757-1834.
    Layard, Sir Austem Henry, 1817-1894.
    Lee, Sir Sidney, 1859-1926.
    Lewes, George Henry, 1817-1878.
    Linton, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lynn) 1822-1898.
    Locker, Arthur, 1828-1893.
    Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st. earl of, 1831-1891.
    Lytton, Rosina Doyle (Wheeler) Bulwer-Lytton, baroness, 1802-1882.
    Martin, Sir Theodore, 1816-1909.
    Mathews, Charles James, 1803-1878.
    Maxse, Leopold, James, 1864-1932.
    Mitford, Mary Russell, 1787-1855.
    Morley, John Morley, viscount Morley of Blackburn, 1838-1923.
    Nicholson, Isaac, 1789-1848.
    Nott, George Frederick. 1767-1841.
    Novello, Clara Anastasia, countess Gigliucci, 1818-1908.
    Paget, Sir James, 1st. bart., 1814-1899.
    Peard, John Whitehead, 1811- 1880.
    Pepoli, Giacchino Napoleone, Marquis of, 1825-1881.
    Pulszky, Ferencz Aurel, 1814-1897.
    Ricasoli, Bettino, barone, 1809-1880.
    Richardson, John, 1780-1864.
    Robinson, Geoffrey Wharton, 1879-.
    Robinson, Reverend George Wharton.
    Rutland, Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th duke of, 1852-1925.
    Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832.
    Somerville, Mary (Fairfax) 1780-1872.
    Story, William Wetmaore, 1819-1895.
    Taylor, Mrs. Rowland (Maria Ternan) b. 1836-1838(?)
    Tennyson, Frederick, 1807-1898.
    Ternan, Mrs. Frances Eleanor (Jarman) 1803(?)-1873.
    Ternan, Thomas Lawless, d. 1846.
    Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882.
    Trollope, Mrs. Frances Eleanor (Ternan) 1835-1913.
    Trollope, Mrs. Frances (Milton) 1780-1863.
    Trollope, Henry Merivale, 1846-1926.
    Trollope, Mrs. Theodosia (Garrow) 1825-1865.
    Trollope, Thomas Adolphus, 1810-1892.
    Whately, Richard, Archbishop of Dublin, 1787-1863.

    Index

    Austin, Alfred, 1835-1913 folder: 22
    Bancroft, Sir Squire, 1841-1926 folder: 2, 34
    Bartley, George, 1782(?)-1858 folder: 6
    Beresford, Charles William, 1846-1919 folder: 29
    Blessington, Marguerite (Power) Farmer Gardiner, countess of, 1789-1849 folder: 9
    Blumenthal, Jacques [Jacob] 1829-1908 folder: 14, 22
    Bonaparte, Joseph Napoleon, prince de Musignano folder: 22
    Buonarroti, C. folder: 6
    Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley, bart., 1833-1898 folder: 22
    Burne-Jones, Sir Philip, 2nd. bart., 1861- folder: 22
    Burton, Sir Frederick William, 1816-1900 folder: 14
    Chapman, Frederic, 1823-1895 folder: 11
    Clarke, Mary Victoria Cowden-Clarke, 1809-1898 folder: 22
    Coquelin, Charles, 1803-1852 folder: 14
    Dalling and Bulwer, William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, baron, 1801-1927 folder: 14
    Dana, Richard Henry, 1787-1879 folder: 34
    D'Arusmont, Mme. Frances (Wright) 1795-1852 folder: 6
    Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 folder: 18
    Dixon, William Hepworth, 1821-1879 folder: 11, 14, 23
    Dufferin and Ava, FrederickTemple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st. marguis of, 1826-1902 folder: 30
    Eliot, George, pseudonym, 1819-1880 folder: 16
    Fields, Annie (Adams) 1834-1915 folder: 34
    Freeman, Edward Augustus, 1823-1892 folder: 23
    Garibaldi, Guiseppe, 1807-1882 folder: 23
    Garnett, Richard, 1835-1906 folder: 23
    Garrow, Joseph, d. 1860 folder: 10
    Grattan, Thomas Colley, 1792-1864 folder: 6
    Gibson, John, 1817-1892(?) folder: 23
    Halibruton, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865 folder: 7
    Hall, Basil, 1788-1844 folder: 77
    Hall, Samuel Carter, 1800-1889 folder: 15
    Hatton, Joseph, 1841-1907 folder: 24
    Horner, Miss Susan, d. 1900 folder: 11
    Hayward, Abraham, 1801-1884 folder: 15
    Hillebrand, Karl, 1829-1884 folder: 15
    Hogarth, Georgina, 1827-1917 folder: 34
    Howitt, Mary (Botham) 1799-1888 folder: 15, 36
    Howitt, William, 1792-1879 folder: 15
    Hughes, Thomas, 1822-1896 folder: 24
    Hunt, William Holman, 1827-1910 folder: 15
    Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833 folder: 27
    Kirkup, Seymour Stocker, 1788-1880 folder: 24
    La Fayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Rich Gilbert du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834 folder: 8
    Layard, Sir Austen Henry, 1817-1894 folder: 16
    Lee, Sir Sidney, 1859-1926 folder: 24
    Lewes, George Henry, 1817-1878 folder: 16
    Linton, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lynn) 1822-1898 folder: 24
    Locker, Arthur, 1828-1893 folder: 21
    Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st. earl of, 1831-1891 folder: 16, 36
    Lytton, Rosina Doyle (Wheeler) Bulwer-Lytton, baroness, 1802-1882 folder: 8, 16
    Martin, Sir Theodore, 1816-1909 folder: 1
    Mathews, Charles James, 1803-1878 folder: 30
    Maxse, Leopold, James, 1864-1932 folder: 25
    Mitford, Mary Ruseell, 1787-1855 folder: 4
    Morley, John Morley, viscount Morley of Blackburn, 1838-1923 folder: 25
    Nicholson, Isaac, 1789-1848 folder: 16
    Nott, George Frederick, 1767-1841 folder: 8
    Novello, Clara Anastasia, countess Gigliucci, 1818-1908 folder: 25, 30
    Paget, Sir James, 1st. bart., 1814-1899 folder: 2
    Peard, John Whitehead, 1811-1880 folder: 26
    Pepoli, Giacchino Napoleone, marquis of, 1825-1881 folder: 10
    Pulszky, Ferencz Aurel, 1814-1897 folder: 17
    Ricasoli, Bettino, barone, 1809-1880 folder: 17
    Richardson, John, 1780-1864 folder: 34
    Robinson, Ellen Lawless (Ternan) 1839-1914 folder: 13, 31
    Robinson, Geoffrey Wharton, 1879- folder: 21, 33
    Robinson, Reverend George Wharton folder: 11, 32
    Rutland, Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th. duke of, 1852-1925 folder: 26
    Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832 folder: 34
    Sommerville, Mary (Fairfax) 1780-1872 folder: 26
    Story, William Wetmore, 1819-1895 folder: 17
    Taylor, Maria (Ternan) b. 1836-1838(?) folder: 30, 37
    Tennyson, Frederick, 1807-1898 folder: 17
    Ternan, Mrs. Frances Eleanor (Jarman) 1803(?)- 1873 folder: 27
    Ternan, Thomas Lawless, d. 1846 folder: 28
    Trollope, Anthony, 1815-1882 folder: 1, 2
    Trollope, Mrs. Frances Eleanor (Ternan) 1835-1913 folder: 20-26, 37, 39
    Trollope, Mrs. Frances (Milton) 1780-1863 folder: 3, 6, 7, 16
    Trollope, Henry Merivale, 1846-1926 folder: 33
    Trollope, Mrs. Theodosia (Garrow) 1825-1865 folder: 9
    Trollope, Thomas Adolphus, 1810-1892 folder: 11-19, 36
    Whately, Richard, Archbishop of Dublin, 1787-1863 folder: 17