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Bateson, Caroline Beatrice, 1870-1941 (née Durham, wife of William Bateson)



(Caroline) Beatrice Durham was the daughter of a senior surgeon at Guy's Hospital, Arthur Edward Durham (1834–1895). She met William Bareson in 1889 Bateson met. Their subsequent engagement was broken off and all correspondence intercepted due to disapproval of Bateson by Beatrice's mother. Seven years later, Beatrice's parents having died, they renewed their acquaintance and in 1896 they married. Of their three sons John was killed in the First World War in 1918, Martin committed suicide in 1922, but Gregory Bateson (1904–1980) had a distinguished career in social anthropology and psychology. Beatrice was devoted to her husband and until 1903 she performed most of the menial tasks associated with her husband's experiments. After his death she gathered together his correspondence and published extracts in her 160-page memoir alongside a collection of his public lectures in 'William Bateson, F.R.S., Naturalist: his Essays and Addresses' (1928).

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Nora Barlow Letters: 1914, 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10286/1/8/15
Scope and Contents Contains 56 letters from Nora to Ida Darwin sent between 4 January and 22 December 1914. Amongst news of family and social engagements, the letters make reference to a visit to the Lake District in April and an account of preparations undertaken by the British government in the days leading up to and immediately following the declaration of war in August and of the general atmosphere.Includes a single letter from Ida to Nora dated 10 February in which Ida sets out her thoughts on...
Dates: 1914
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