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Journal of Harriette Anne Morrell (née Wynter)

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MS. 20946
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The journal has the ownership inscription of 'Harriette Anne Morrell, Brussels, March 29th 1885' and contains entries from 13 Mar 1885 (at Lindfield) to 20 Dec 1885. The diary is then neglected until 7 Jun 1890, when Harriette takes it up again. The last entry is 24 Aug 1890, when the family are in London.

The journal records family activities, social engagements, and regular Catholic worship at Lindfield (Sussex), Oxford, London, and Cornwall, as well as places visited on a European tour (Brussels, Milan, Florence, and Venice).

Originally purchased from a stationers in Brussels, the journal is green half vellum, with marbled sides, 8vo (16.2cm x 10.5cm). There is a sketch of a man's profile on the front pasteboard.


  • Creation: 1885-1890


1 volume

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 20946

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20946


Manuscript journal of Harriette Anne Morrell (née Wynter), 1885 and 1890.

Biographical / Historical

Harriette Anne Morrell (1845-1924), née Wynter, was the daughter of Rev. Philip Wynter (1793-1871) and his second wife, Diana Ann Taylor. Wynter was President of St John's College, Oxford (1828-1871) and Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1840-1844).

In February 1867, Harriette married Frederic Parker Morrell (1839-1909). Morrell was a solicitor and was elected Mayor of Oxford in 1899. The family lived at Black Hall, Oxford. They had two daughters and two sons: Margaret 'Margie' Cecil Louisa (b.1868), who married the architect Edward Prioleau Warren (1856-1937) in 1894; Frederica 'Freddy' Harriette (b.1869), who married John Douglas Peel, a solicitor, in 1905; Philip Edward (1870-1943), a Liberal MP who was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, and who married the society hostess Lady Ottoline Cavendish-Bentinck in 1902; and Hugh St John (1872-1898), of the Cheshire Regiment, who died onboard SS Lagos in 1898.

Known for her artistic ability, Harriette was said to be the inspiration for Henry James's character Adela Gereth in his novel The Spoils of Poynton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Bodleian Library with the support of the Roy Davids fund from Dominic Winter Auctioneers, January 2021.

Catalogue of journal of Harriette Anne Morrell (née Wynter), 1885-1890
Rachael Marsay
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom