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Letters written by Lily Ballot during the Franco-Prussian War and the Siege of Paris, together with some later letters, 1870 - 1895

Reference Code: GBR/0271/GCPP Parkes 17a/1/1/12

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.


  • Creation: 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.

Related Materials

For transcripts of some but not all of the letters in this file, see GCPP Parkes 17a/1/1/12a. The transcripts also include some letters for which the originals appear not to survive. There appear to be no surviving letters in original or transcript for January 1871. See also GCPP Parkes 3a/2 for further letters from Lily Ballot to her sister-in-law Bessie Belloc, née Parkes.


Ballot, Lily

Finding aid date

2014-05-13 14:47:07+00:00

Repository Details

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