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  • Title
    Journals of Martha (Gillett) Braithwaite
  • Reference
    MS VOL S 301-332
  • Date
    1837-1893
  • Scope and Content
    The fonds consists of 32 volumes of Martha (Gillett) Braithwaite's journals, which concern her travels in Europe and Britain (1837-1893) and 1 volume of extracts from the memoranda of Martha Gillett, Martha (Gillett) Braithwaite's mother.
  • Extent
    33 volumes
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Creator
    • Braithwaite, Martha 1823-1895
      Martha Braithwaite (born Gillett) was born at Banbury, Oxfordshire, in the year 1823, the eldest child of Joseph Ashby and Martha Gillett. She was recorded a minister in 1845 and in 1846 and 1848 visited many Quaker meetings, both in her own vicinity and in South Wales, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. During part of 1849 and 1850 she visited Friends in Ireland. In 1851 she married Joseph Bevan Braithwaite (1818-1905) of Lincoln's Inn, London, and undertook much work in connection with the Westminster Meeting. Martha Braithwaite visited Europe first in 1872, when her husband was seriously ill in Athens; in 1875, with him, she visited France and the Vaudois Valleys. After the death of her beloved friend Christine Alsop (1805-1879) she became the English centre of the 'Friends' ministry in France. Martha Braithwaite died after some years of illness on 27 March 1895.
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