Letters written by Lily Ballot during the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris, together with some later letters, 1870 - 1895
Scope and Contents
Chiefly from Lily Ballot (née Belloc), chiefly to members of her family, including her mother, Louise Swanton Belloc; her godmother, Adelaide de Montgolfier; her sister Louise; her brother Louis and her sister-in-law Bessie (née Parkes). Addressed variously to Chère bonne mère / Chère bonne amie etc. Chiefly written 1870-71, when Lily remained in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris, many of the letters talk of the situation in Paris during this period: precautions against the arrival of the Prussians, eg taking jewels to safekeeping; the political situation, including mention of Général Trochu; her financial situation; her son, René Millet, who was in the French army; her son Charles; news of others, including her godmother (Adelaide de Montgolfier) and Aunt Jenny Bibron and, in March 1871, the post-war cleaning up of the family house at La Celle St Cloud. There are also a few later letters, dated 1877,1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1895.
- 1870 - 1895
2 file(s) : Paper
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
GCPP Parkes 17/26
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Some of these letters were previously catalogued as GCPP Parkes 17/26; some were donated by Ana Vicente in 2013. The two batches have been amalgamated.
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Belloc, Elizabeth Rayner, 1829 - 1925 (nee Parkes, campaigner for women's rights and journalist) (Person)