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CUTHBERT DRUITT PAPERS

The collection contains 13 letters written by Midshipman Cuthbert Druitt while he was stationed with the Royal Navy at Plymouth, England and Montreal, Canada. Also included is one letter written by Captain Cochran along with Druitt's Certificate of Health. ******* BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Cuthbert Druitt (b. c1852) was a naval cadet and midshipman in the Royal Navy. He served aboard the H.M.S. Constance in 1865 at Plymouth, England, and, in 1867, aboard the H.M.S. Wolverine at Montreal, Canada. Before joining the Navy in 1864, Druitt attended a private academy in Gosport to prepare for cadetship. Druitt was the son of Dr. Robert Druitt. He was the cousin of Montague Druitt, a man who was suspected by some to be responsible for the Whitechapel murders of 1888. (note: In his letters, Druitt identifies the ship he is aboard in 1867 as H.M.S. "Wolverene," an alternate spelling for H.M.S. "Wolverine.") Dr. Robert Druitt (1814-1883), medical writer, was born at Wimborne, Dorsetshire the son of a medical practitioner. He married a Miss Hopkinson in 1945 and their children included Cuthbert, Robert Jr., Isabella (Ella), Emily (b. 1856), and Lionel. Dr. Druitt was the uncle of Montague Druitt, one of the suspects in the famous Whitechapel murder case. Bishop Francis Fulford (1803-1868) was the son of Baldwin Fulford of Fulford Magna, Devonshire. He was appointed the first bishop of the new diocese of Montreal, Canada in July of 1850. In September of 1867 he visited England to take part in the proceedings of the pan-anglican synod at Lambeth. [Biographical Sources: Dictionary of National Biography: From the Earliest Times to 1900, Oxford University Press, London. Ryder, Stephen P. (Ed.). "Emily and the Bibliophile." Casebook: Jack the Ripper. Accessed: 13 March 2003. ] ******* ABBREVIATIONS: ALS - Autograph Letter Signed *******

ACCESSION DATA: Status: Open Photocopying: Permitted Provenance: Dr. John C. Hirsh, October 2004. Processed by Heidi Rubenstein, October 2004.

BULK DATES: 1865 - 1867
SPAN DATES: 1865 - 1867

EXTENT: 1 box



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