THE RUSSELL OF SWALLOWFIELD ARCHIVES

The Russell of Swallowfield Archives consists of documents and correspondence regarding the personal and financial affairs relating to the marriage trust of Fanny Russell Hole, eldest daughter of the Rev. Whitworth Russell. The papers include material dating from 1848, when Fanny Russell married the Rev. William Brassey Hole, Vicar of Bray (?-1887) to the early 1890's, when assets from her marriage trust were being transferred to their children. The collection comprises .5 linear feet of material, and is organized chronologically in one box with a total of twenty-two folders.

The Rev. Whitworth Russell (1792-1847) was the fourth son of the first Baronet Russell of Swallowfield, Sir Henry Russell (1751-1836), who was Chief Justice of Bengal and owner of the Swallowfield Park estate near Reading, England. Rev. Russell's brother, the second Baronet Sir Henry Russell, was also distinguished in colonial life, sitting on the court of Hyderbad, East India. The latter's son, Rev. Russell's nephew, was the third Baronet Sir Charles Russell (1826-1883), noted for his heroic actions in the Crimea, and later M.P. for Berkshire. A full account of the lives of the first and third Baronet is found in the Dictionary of National Biography. Equally famous was the family of Rev. Russell's wife, Fanny Carpenter Russell, who was the daughter of the noted Admiral James Carpenter. (1760-1845; see DNB)

The Russell of Swallowfield Archives consist mostly of family correspondence addressed to solicitor Henshaw Russell. There are letters from Rev. Hole, Fanny Hole, Fanny Russell and Sir Charles Russell, who was a member of the marriage trust of Fanny and William Brassey Hole. Also, there are letters from the other three trustees of the Russell-Hole marriage settlement: Fanny's uncles George Lake Russell and Dawson Greene; Rev. Hole's brother Nathaniel J.B. Hole, and George Henry Kempe. In addition, there are several letters from the children of Rev. William Brassey Hole and Fanny Hole, especially from their son-in-law Greville Horsely Palmer, who had married Mary Frances Hole, and whose marriage settlement agreement is also discussed in the correspondence.

This collection is an important supplement to the Russell of Swallowfield archives at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. It is of interest to biographers of any of its noted correspondents, as well as historians of Victorian life and society. Indeed, The Russell of Swallowfield Archives contain a wealth of information about Victorian marriage legalities, Victorian religious practices and nineteenth century British economics.

Extent: .5 linear feet
Provenance: Gift of Frederick B. Scheetz, 1986
Date Span: 1848-1896
Processed by: Myriam Alvarez-Marshall
Date: October 2, 1987

FOLDER REGISTER

Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence 1848
Date span: 29 Feb 1848 - 5 Feb 1849
Description: Correspondence regarding the initial settlement of Fanny Russell Hole's marriage trust. Includes letters from her mother, Fanny Russell, her husband-to-be, the Rev. William Brassey Hole, her uncle George Lake Russell, and the family's solicitor Henshaw Russell.


Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence 1859
Date span: 31 Mar 1859 - 20 Nov 1859
Description: Letters from the Rev. William Brassey Hole to solicitor Henshaw Russell, regarding the selling or exchange of the livings, due to his desire to take a larger parish and have more active work. Includes letters from George Lake Russell and a note from Fanny Russell Hole.


Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence 1860
Date span: 12 Jan 1860 - 28 Sep 1860
Description: Letters from William Brassey Hole to Henshaw Russell, regarding the selling or exchange of the livings.


Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence 1861
Date span: 13 Jan 1861 - 25 Oct 1861
Description: Letters from William Brassey Hole to Henshaw Russell, regarding the exchange of the livings. Includes discussions on the advertisement and possible choices for the exchange.


Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence 1863
Date span: 17 Feb 1863 - 10 Aug 1863
Description: Letters from William Brassey Hole to Henshaw Russell, discussing the payment of advertisement and incidental expenses related to his efforts to exchange the livings.


Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence 1865
Date span: 19 May 1865 - 27 Dec 1865
Description: Correspondence regarding the sale of William Brassey Hole's advowson, manor and lands. Includes letters from Rev. Hole, prospective buyer Thomas Benn, and numerous letters of legal advice from solicitors Henshaw Russell and Leon H. Courtney.


Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence 1866
Date span: 2 Jan 1866 - 3 Nov 1866
Description: More correspondence regarding the sale of William Brassey Hole's advowson, manor and lands. Includes letters from Rev. Hole, Thomas Benn, Henshaw Russell, George Lake Russell, and solicitors Phelps & Bennett. Also, a statement of legal expenses for Rev. Hole.


Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence 1868
Date span: 17 May 1868 - 30 May 1868
Description: Three business related letters from William Brassey Hole to Henshaw Russell.


Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence 1869
Date span: 7 Feb 1869 - 28 Jun 1869
Description: Three letters from William Brassey Hole to Henshaw Russell, requesting deeds and papers related to his marriage settlement.


Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence 1871
Date span: 19 May 1871 - 22 May 1871
Description: Copies of letters between solicitors Henshaw Russell and a Mr. Freshfields, regarding the marriage settlement for William Brassey Hole's daughter, Mary Frances Hole and her husband-to-be Greville Horsely Palmer.


Box 1 Folder 11
Correspondence 1874
Date span: 24 Mar 1874 - 8 Jun 1874
Description: Correspondence regarding Mr. and Mrs. William Brassey Hole's marriage settlement. Letters from Rev. Hole's brother, N.J.B. Hole, Greville H. Palmer, Henshaw Russell, and others. Accounts of property included in the marriage settlement and a bill for legal expenses.


Box 1 Folder 12
Correspondence 1876
Date span: 4 Apr 1876 - 6 Jul 1876
Description: Correspondence regarding investments of the monies held by the trustees of Mr. and Mrs. William Brassey Hole's marriage settlement. Includes two documents of release signed by Mr. and Mrs. William Brassey Hole and N.J.B. Hole.


Box 1 Folder 13
Correspondence 1877
Date span: 6 Jan 1877 - 23 Feb 1877
Description: Correspondence regarding the administration and investment of the monies of the Hole's marriage settlement. Letters from trustees George Henry Kempe, Dawson Greene, and Charles Russell.
Includes the following items:
ALS from Dawson Greene to Henshaw Russell.
19 Feb 1877
ALS from Charles Russell of Swallowfield to Henshaw Russell
17 Feb 1877


Box 1 Folder 14
Correspondence 1879
Date span: 5 Nov 1879 - 6 Nov 1879
Description: Letter from William Brassey Hole and letter from Charles Russell, regarding the administration and investment of monies from the Hole's marriage settlement.
Includes the following items:
ALS from Charles Russell of Swallowfield to Henshaw Russell.
5 Nov 1879


Box 1 Folder 15
Correspondence 1882
Date span: 21 Jul 1882
Description: Letters from solicitor G.L. Lynch to Mayor Bourke, regarding the powers of the trustees to invest.


Box 1 Folder 16
Correspondence 1885
Date span: 10 Sep 1885
Description: Draft of the will of the Rev. William Brassey Hole.


Box 1 Folder 17
Correspondence 1887
Date span: 7 Feb 1887 - 12 Aug 1887
Description: Letters and documents regarding William Brassey Hole's death. Includes two codicils to his testament. Letters from Fanny Hole and Greville Palmer to Henshaw Russell, and related documents.


Box 1 Folder 18
Correspondence 1888
Date span: 31 Mar 1888 - 8 Nov 1888
Description: Correspondence regarding the distribution and administration of William Brassey Hole (dec.). Includes letters from Henry W. Hole and his solicitor, G.E. Sainsbury. Also letters from Greville Palmer and related documents.


Box 1 Folder 19
Correspondence 1889
Date span: 5 Jul 1889 - 1 Oct 1889
Description: Letters from Fanny Hole to Henshaw Russell. Includes discussions about Henry W. Hole's economic problems in New Zealand.


Box 1 Folder 20
Correspondence 1891
Date span: 16 Jul 1891
Description: Schedule of deeds and documents of Rev. Whitworth and Mrs Russell, handed over to Flemberton & Garth.


Box 1 Folder 21
Correspondence 1892
Date span: 1892
Description: Documents regarding the marriage settlement of William Brassey Hole and Fanny Russell Hole, G.S. Marriots and Gertrude Hole, and Greville H. Palmer and Mary Frances Hole.


Box 1 Folder 22
Miscellaneous
Date span: 28 Jul 1894 - 8 Jan 1896
Description: Letter from Fanny Hole. Note from George Lake Russell. Also proposed scheme of arrangement and compromise of the Land Securities Company (Limited) with creditors.


Benn, Thomas 1: 7
- 1: 6
Bennett, M. 1: 6
Bourke, Major 1: 15
Carpenter, Fanny Russell (see Fanny Russell) 1: 20
Courtney, Leon H. 1: 6
Greene, Dawson 1: 13
Hole, Fanny 1: 19
- 1: 22
- 1: 12
- 1: 17
- 1: 2
- 1: 18
Hole, Henry W. 1: 18
- 1: 19
Hole, Mary Frances 1: 10
Hole, N.J.B 1: 11
- 1: 12
Hole, William Brassey 1: 2
- 1: 3
- 1: 4
- 1: 5
- 1: 7
- 1: 8
- 1: 11
- 1: 12
- 1: 14
- 1: 16
- 1: 18
- 1: 20
- 1: 21
- 1: 6
- 1: 9
- 1: 10
- 1: 1
- 1: 13
- Death 1: 17
Kempe, George Henry 1: 13
- 1: 12
Land Securities Company 1: 22
Livings 1: 3
- 1: 4
- 1: 5
Lynch, G.L. 1: 15
Marriots, G.S. 1: 21
Palmer, Greville H. 1: 11
- 1: 17
- 1: 18
- 1: 21
Palmer. Greville H. 1: 10
- 1: 7
Russell, Charles 1: 14
- 1: 13
Russell, Fanny 1: 1
Russell, Fanny Hole (See Fanny Hole)
Russell, George Lake 1: 22
- 1: 2
- 1: 7
- 1: 1
Russell, Henshaw 1: 9
- 1: 10
- 1: 2
- 1: 3
- 1: 4
- 1: 5
- 1: 8
- 1: 19
- 1: 11
- 1: 17
Sainsbury, G.E. 1: 18


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