Jane Franklin collection

Reference and contact details: GB 15 Jane, Lady Franklin
Title: Jane Franklin collection
Dates of creation: 1803-1872
Held at: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Extent: Journals (151 volumes, 16 leaves) correspondence (6 volumes, circa 514 leaves 1 microfilm) papers (6 volumes circa 20 leaves)
Name of Creator: Jane, Lady Franklin (nee Griffin)
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Jane Franklin (nee Griffin) was born in 1792 in London, daughter of John Griffin, a wealthy silk weaver, and Mary Guillemard. She became a close friend of the poet, Eleanor Anne Porden, who married the Arctic explorer, John Franklin, and died shortly after Franklin had departed on the British Naval Exploring Expedition [second Arctic Land expedition], 1825-1827. Renewing his acquaintance with the Griffin family on his return to Britain, Franklin married Jane on 5 November 1828. He was knighted the following year.

Between 1830 and 1834, Jane travelled in Europe, Syria and North Africa while her husband was stationed in the Mediterranean. In 1836, she accompanied Franklin to Van Diemen's Land [Tasmania] after he had accepted the post of lieutenant governor. During his tenure, she took a keen interest in social reform, particularly in improving the welfare of female convicts, and she continued her travels, touring both Australia and New Zealand.

Following their return to Britain in 1844, Franklin was appointed by the Admiralty to lead the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848. Sailing from London in HMS Terror and HMS Erebus in May 1845, the expedition was last seen heading for Lancaster Sound by two whalers in northern Baffin Bay in late July 1845. After that, the expedition disappeared and Franklin was never seen again.

Between 1847 and 1859, Lady Franklin took a leading part in organizing the searches for the missing expedition, during the course of which the main facts regarding the route taken and final fate of the expedition were established. The two vessels had become beset north of King William Island, where they had spent two winters between September 1846 and April 1848. Franklin died on 11 June 1847 and the command had devolved on Francis Crozier. Abandoning the two vessels on 22 April 1848, the 105 survivors led by Crozier set out toward Back River. All perished during the journey.

In 1860, Lady Franklin became the first woman to receive the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society for her efforts in organizing the search expeditions. She continued to travel extensively, accompanied by her niece by marriage, Sophia Cracroft, visiting Alaska, the United States, Hawaii, Canada, South America, China, Japan, India and Europe. She died on 18 July 1875 in London.

Published work The life, diaries and correspondence of Lady Jane Franklin, 1792-1875, edited by Willingham Franklin Rawnsley, Erskine Macdonald London (1923) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Franklin, Jane]

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of the journals, correspondence and papers of Jane, Lady Franklin.

These journals include her extensive travels, her time in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) when her husband Sir John was lieutenant governor, the journals continue to cover the period after 1845 when Sir John and the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 disappeared in the Arctic.

The correspondence relates primarily to the many search expeditions undertaken but does include some general correspondence while the papers comprise of school records, lists of books read, notes on Sir John and other papers relating to the search for the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848.

System of Arrangement

The collection is split into three sub-fonds comprising of Journals, correspondence and papers respectively


Further accessions possible

Access Conditions

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Archivist's Note

Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Related Units of Description

Material by Jane, Lady Franklin can be found amongst the Back and the Richardson Voss collections held at the Institute

  • MS 395/40;D FRANKLIN JANE, LADY (nee Griffin) Letter to George Back, 1 January 1849 [Discusses the Franklin search] holograph
  • MS 1503/14/11 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [News of birth of little girl (Josephine Fanny) Public dinner for Sir John at Horncastle, Tom Booth's christening day, discussion of rocks, asks for specimen of rocks from Geographic Society] Bedford Place 11 June 1836
  • MS 1503/28/10 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to Josephine Richardson [Sending little glove made by aboriginal native female of Hindus Island Account of native girl] 6 December 1844
  • MS 1503/30/23 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Shell lent to British Museum not wanted by Mr Gray Ship with Sir John Franklin sailed yesterday] Blackheath Road 20 May 1845
  • MS 1503/58/25 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Regarding Richardson's letter to The Times ] 13 Park Place St James 23 November 1859
  • MS 1503/33/1 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Congratulating him on knighthood Has received many letters from Van Diemen's Land] Madeira 23 February 1846
  • MS 1503/41/14 FRANKLIN JANE letter to John Richardson [Mention of Hepburn] 21 Bedford Row 11 December 1850
  • MS 1503/44/17 FRANKLIN JANE Bequest to John Richardson of £500 to compensate for policy forfeited by embarking on the overland expedition 20 November 1851
  • MS 1503/46/22 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Reference to disputes about Sir John Franklin's will] 12 November 1853
  • MS 1503/49/22 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Thanking him for memoirs Comments on a gift from Tasmania] 162 Albany Street 20 &21 December 1855
  • MS 1503/50/19 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Regarding his letter to The Times ] 60 Pall Mall 27 June 1855
  • MS 1503/50/41 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Requests for article] 162 Albany Street 26 November 1855
  • MS 1503/50/51 FRANKLIN Jane Letter to John Richardson [Notes on the article] 7 December 1855
  • MS 1503/50/52 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Change of name from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania] 162 Albany Street 11 December 1855
  • MS 1503/50/55 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to John Richardson [Regarding Arctic expeditions] 62 Albany Street 29 December 1855
  • MS 1503/74/5 FRANKLIN JANE Letter to Mary Richardson [On receipt of Life] Upper Gore Lodge Kensington Gore W 18 May 1868

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, which includes images of Jane, Lady Franklin and her husband Sir John. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.


Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and 'Griffin, Jane (Lady Franklin)' by Alan Cooke in Dictionary of Canadian Biography volume 10 edited by Marc La Terreur, University of Toronto Press Toronto (1972) SPRI Library Shelf 92(08)[pub.1966-] and Dictionary of National Biography volume 20, Smith, Elder & Co. London (1889) and Portrait of Jane a life of Lady Franklin by Frances J Woodward, Hodder and Stoughton London (1951) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Franklin, Lady J.]

Reference: GB 0015 Jane Lady Franklin

Jane Franklin, journals

Dates of creation: 1809-1870
Extent: 152 journals, 1 diary
Name of Creator: Jane Lady Franklin (nee Griffin)

Administrative/Biographical History

The journals and diary cover Jane's extensive travels across the United Kingdom, Europe and the wider world. Many of the journals cover a specific journey. Her Journals also mention the search for the missing British Naval Northwest passage Expedition, 1845-1848 led by her husband Sir John Franklin. Thirteen volumes cover her voyage to and subsequent life in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) where Sir John served as lieutenant governor between 1836-1843. Several of the journals have contents pages. MS 248/50;BJ contains her first reference to meeting John Franklin

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/1;BJ Journal, 12 to 19 June 1809 [Visit to Oxford] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/2;BJ Journal, 13 July to 25 October 1809 [Visit to Devonshire] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/3;BJ Journal, 12 July to 9 September 1810 [Visit to North Wales] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/4;BJ Journal, 27 June to 4 July 1811 [Visit to Cambridge] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/5-7;BJ Journals (3), 18 July to 1811 [Tour of South Wales] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/8-10;BJ Journals (3), 3 November 1812 to 8 May 1813 [Visit to Cornwall], 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/12;BJ Journal, 19 July 1813 to 22 May 1825 [Three visits to Millend] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/13-15;BJ Journals (3), 1814 [First visit to Geneva] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/16-27;BJ Journals (12), 1814-1816 [Tour in France, Italy and Switzerland] 12 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/155;BJ Journal, 14 March 1815 to 30 April 1816 [Tour of Italy] 7 parts, holograph
  • MS 248/28-29;BJ Domestic Journals (2), 15 April 1817 to 27 September 1818 [Both have list of contents] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/30-31;BJ Journals (2), 1817 [Excursion to Holland the Netherlands and Paris] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/32-33;BJ Journals (2), August to September 1818 [Tour in southern Germany and banks of the Rhine] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/34;BJ Domestic Journal, 1 October 1818 to 30 January 1819 [Including reference to Disraelis and suicide of Samuel Romilly, with list of contents] holograph
  • MS 248/35;BJ Domestic Journal, February to November 1819 [References to John Ross, Eleanor Porden, Elizabeth Fry] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/36-37;BJ Journals (2), 12 July to 17 August 1819 [Visit to Norfolk] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/38;BJ Journal, 20 August to 27 September 1819 [Visit to Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, including visit to Fonthill, 1822] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/39;BJ Domestic Journal, 1 December 1819 to 19 May 1820 [Reference to Cato Street Conspiracy, with list of contents] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/40-42;BJ Journals (3), 29 July to 7 October 1820 [Visit to Ireland] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/43;BJ Domestic Journal, 1820-1821 [Continuation of MS 248/39;BJ, with list of contents] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/44;BJ Journal, 7 February to 8 August 1821 [Including list of contents] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/45;BJ Journal, 13 November 1821 to 29 December 1822 [Reference to Eleanor Porden and Maria Edgeworth] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/46-47;BJ Journals (2), 25 May to 19 July 1821 [Visit to France, including mention of Edward Parry's voyage to the Arctic] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/48-49;BJ Journals (2), 9 August to 29 September 1821 [Tour of Scotland] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/50;BJ Journal, 1 January 1823 to 1 January 1825 [First reference to meeting John Franklin] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/51-53;BJ Journals (3), 30 July to 30 November 1823 [Visit to Germany] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/54-55;BJ Journals (2), 10 July to 25 September 1824 [Visit to Germany] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/56;BJ Journal, 4 January 1825 to 31 December 1826 [Frequent references to John Franklin and mention of death of Eleanor Franklin] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/57;BJ Journal, 19 to 26 September 1825 [Visit to Scotland] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/58;BJ Journal, October 1825 [Visit to Whitchurch] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/60;BJ Journal, 11 to 21 July 1826 [Visit to Guernsey and Jersey] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/61;BJ Journal, 11 October to 12 November 1826 [Visit to Spain] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/150;BJ Journal, 16 February to 10 November 1827 [Reference to Antonio Alcala Galiano, John Franklin, British Naval Exploring Expedition, 1825-1827] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/63-65;BJ Journals (3), 4 August to 18 October 1827 [Tour of Scandinavia] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/66-67;BJ Journals (2), 25 July to 11 September 1828 [Visit to Russia, reference to engagement to John Franklin] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/151;BJ Journal, 14 September to 16 October 1828 [Account of John Franklin's reception in Russia] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/68;BJ Journal, 18 November to 9 December 1828 [Wedding tour of France] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/69;BJ Journal, 14 October to 5 November 1829 [Visit to Cheltenham] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/152;BJ Journal, 19 November 1830 to 3 May 1831 [Reference to John Richardson, John Herschel, Francis Beaufort and King William IV reception of Jane] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/71-79;BJ Journals (9), 17 October 1831 to 7 January 1834 [Travels in Mediterranean] 9 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/153;BJ Journal, 15 May to 12 July 1833 [Mediterranean travels] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/154;BJ Journal, 19 January to 28 April 1834 [Visit to Egypt] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/80;BJ Journal, 21 February to 21 June 1835 [Reference to Charles Babbage's calculating machine, John and James Clark Ross] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/81;BJ Private Journal, 9 to 17 June 1835 [Visit to Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/82-83;BJ Journals (2), 22 August to November 1835 [Visit to Ireland] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/84;BJ Journal, 24 August 1836 to 5 January 1837 [Voyage to Van Diemen's Land] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/156;BJ Journal, March 1837 [Van Diemen's Land] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/85-96:BJ Journals (12), 26 August 1838 to 26 July 1843 [Van Diemen's Land] 12 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/157;BJ Journal, January to 27 December 1839 [Sydney and Van Diemen's Land] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/158;BJ Journal, 8 March 1843 to 14 March 1844 [Van Diemen's Land, scattered entries only] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/98-99;BJ Journals (2), 8 September to 20 October 1845 [Visit to France] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/159;BJ Journal, 16 September to 6 October 1845 [Visit to France] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/100;BJ Journal, 8 November to 10 December 1845 [Visit to Madeira] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/160;BJ Journal, July to August 1846 [Visit to United States of America] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/101;BJ Journal, November 1846 [Regarding Van Diemen's Land, Arctic, rumours of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/102;BJ Journal, 6 September to October 1846 [Reference to Edward Parry, Palmerston and protestants in Madeira] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/103;BJ Journal, 1 January to 28 April 1848, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/163/1;BJ Diary notes, March 1848 [Reference to George Back, John Richardson, James Clark Ross] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/161;BJ Journal, 21 July to 31 August 1849 [Visit to Orkneys and Shetlands, mention of missing expedition] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/108;BJ Partial Journal, 13 January to 14 February 1851 [First meeting with William Kennedy, Henry Rea's opinion of James Clark Ross] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/162;D Journal, 18 September to 28 December 1851 [Mainly regarding search for Sir John Franklin, non continuous] 16 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/109;BJ Journal, 26 August to 2 October 1852 [Visit to Ryde] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/111;BJ Journal, 1 January to 31 December 1855 [Regarding the Gells and Simpkinsons] 1 volume plus transcript
  • MS 248/112;BJ Journal, 28 January to 20 December 1856 [References to the Franklin search] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/115;BJ Journal, 2 January to 26 December 1857 [Plans for Franklin search expeditions] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/116-117;BJ Journals (2), 1 January to 1 June 1859, 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/119-120;BJ Journals (2), 1 January to 30 may 1860 [Regarding return of McClintock, proposals for Franklin memorial, reference to James Clark Ross, C F Hall and Robert McClure] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/121-126;BJ Journals (6), 1 August 1860 to 31 May 1862 [Travels in United States of America and the Pacific] 6 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/164;BJ Journal, 25 April to 8 May 1861 [Visit to the Sandwich Islands] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/127-129;BJ Journals (3), 4 July to 17 December 1862 [Reference to William Snow, Henry Hartstane, George Back, Sherard Osborn, Charles Hall, Dr Wollaston] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/130;BJ Journal, 2 January to 30 December 1863 [Reference to Charles Hall, Leopold McClintock, Arctic portrait gallery, Royal Geographical Society etc] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/131-133;BJ Journals (3), 1 January to 3 August 1864 [Regarding casting a statue of Franklin for Australia, Queen Emma of Hawaii visit] 3 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/134;BJ Journal, 13 November 1864 to April 1856 [Including notes] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/135-136;BJ Journals (2), 13 July to 6 November 1865 [Regarding visit by Queen Emma, death of John Richardson, Charles Hall, Thomas and Jane Carlye] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/137-138;BJ Journals (2), 2 December 1865 to 4 June 1866 [Visit to India] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/139;BJ Journal, 26 September to 1 November 1866 [Reference to monument in Waterloo Place, Erasmus Brodie's poem, James Clark Ross, George Back] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/140-143;BJ Journals (4), 21 December 1866 to 2 November 1867 [Travels] 4 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/144;BJ Journal, 6 September to 24 November 1867 [Including dread of Charles Hall's revelations] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/145-146;BJ Journals (2), 12 December 1867 to 8 May 1868 [Second visit to India] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 248/165;BJ Journal, 31 January to 4 February 1868 [Visit to India] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/147;BJ Journal, 9 January to 13 April 1869 [Travels] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/148;BJ Journal, 5 August to December 1869 [Mention of Sherard Osborn, Leopold McClintock, Charles Hall, Edward Augustus Inglefield, Roderick Murchuson] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/166;BJ Journal, 11 to 18 July 1870 [Visit to Salt Lake City] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/149;BJ Journal, 27 January to 3 February 1871 [Last visit to Spain] 1 volume, holograph

System of Arrangement


Reference: GB 0015 Jane Lady Franklin

Jane Franklin correspondence

Dates of creation: 1832-1872
Extent: Circa 336 letters, 6 letterbooks Some of the material is on microfilm
Name of Creator: Jane Lady Franklin (nee Griffin)

Administrative/Biographical History

In 1845 Sir John Franklin sailed north in command of this expedition. Sent by the Admiralty the two ships HMS Erebus (Franklin) and HMS Terror (Francis Crozier) were to search for a passage via Lancaster Sound. With provisions designed to last three years the expedition sailed north in May 1845. Whalers in Baffin Bay were the last Europeans to see the two ships in July of 1845.

Many searches were conducted for the missing expedition, during the course of which the main facts regarding the route taken and the final fate of the expedition were established.

Jane, Lady Franklin played a major role in the search expeditions, personally funding voyages to the Arctic. Much of the correspondence deals with the Franklin search

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/104;BJ Letter book, 28 November 1849 to 25 January 1850 [Letters copied by Sophia Cracroft] 1 volume
  • MS 248/106;BJ Letter book, 17 January to 27 March 1851 [Mainly regarding the Prince Albert ] 1 volume
  • MS 248/107;BJ Letter book, copies of letters written and received, March to May 1851 [Mainly of British Franklin Search Expedition, 1851-1852 (leader William Kennedy)] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/110;BJ Letter book, 7 February to 3 April 1853 [Mainly regarding William Kennedy's abortive expedition] 1 volume
  • MS 248/113;BJ Letter book, 1855 to 1858 [Regarding discovery of the Northwest Passage] 1 volume
  • MS 248/114;BJ Letter book, 23 November 1856 to 10 January 1857 [Written and received, regarding final search expedition] copies, 1 volume holograph
  • MS 248/203;D Letter (copy) to John Barrow, 9 April [1851] [On report of five white men seen at De Robbin] holograph
  • MS 248/180;D Letter (draft) to Francis Baring, 3 March 1860 [Thanks for his speech in House of Commons advocating reward for Leopold McClintock and monument to Franklin] holograph
  • MS 248/181;D Letter (draft) to Joseph René Bellot, 6 November 1852 [Regarding narrative he is preparing] holograph
  • MS 489/2/1-32;D Letters (32) to Ronald Campbell Gunn, 1838-1845 [Written mainly in Tasmania] 32 leaves, photostat copy
  • MS 248/204;D Letter (copy) to de St Germain, 18 July 1858 [Reply to request to join Franklin search expedition]
  • MS 248/214;D Letter to Mrs M A Dunlop, 9 June 1851 [Thanks for carrier pigeon, reference to Stromness sailor] copy
  • MS 248/210;D Letter (copy) to the Empress of France, 12 March 1853 [Indirect appeal for help in search for Franklin]
  • MS 248/172/1-72;D Letters (72) to John Franklin, 18 October 1829 to 15 June 1839 [Including mention of Charles Babbage, John Hershell, Francis Beaufort, W H Fitton, hope that Franklin will return to exploration etc]
  • MS 962;MJ Letter (draft) to Mr Gladstone, 15 December 1869, microfilm
  • MS 1100/7;D Letter (copy) to Sir James Graham, 20 January 1854 [Her response to the Admiralty's withdrawal of Erebus and Terror from Navy list] 4 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 248/212/1-10;D Letters (10) to the Admiralty, 1849 to 1857 [From first appeal to final expedition] 44 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 248/170/1-6;D Letters (6) to John Griffin, 26 October 1831 to 12 October 1841 [Written from Mediterranean, Van Diemen's Land] 6 leaves
  • MS 248/182/1-10;D Letters (10 copies) to Henry Grinnell, 19 April 1850 to 6 November 1869, 10 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/183;D Letter (copy) to Mrs Henry Grinnell, 30 November 1869
  • MS 248/184;D Letters (2 copies) to Hogarth, 23 September to 24 September 1850 [References to expeditions of John Ross and William Penny in search for Franklin and clairvoyance] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/185/1-2;D Letters (2 copies) to Edward Augustus Inglefield, 8 December 1852 to [1856] [Regarding his appeal to Goldsmith's Co. at assist in Franklin search and gift of Resolute by USA to Britain]
  • MS 248/186;D Letter (draft) to Mrs Kane (mother of Elisha Kane), 14 November 1856 [On Elisha Kane's illness] holograph
  • MS 248/187;D Letter (copy) to William Kennedy, 20 February 1857 [Asking him to correct his statement that Peel Sound was closed by islands]
  • MS 248/171/1-5;D Letters (5) to Reverend H D and Mrs Leeves, 12 December 1832 to 20 August 1841 [Regarding King Otto, fear of revolution in England] holograph, 5 leaves
  • MS 248/188;D Letter to Leopold McClintock, 16 April 1857 [Regarding the purchase of Fox ] copy
  • MS 341/2;D Letter (copy) to Mrs George McKinley, 19 April 1860, typescript
  • MS 248/189;D Letter to Rochfort Maguire, 14 March 1857 [Advice of Leopold McClintock, Richard Collinson and John Richardson on final Franklin search expedition]
  • MS 248/190;D Letter (copied extracts) to Fanny Majendie (sister), 28 May to 24 June 1832 [On her travels in the Mediterranean]
  • MS 248/191/1-7;D Letters (7, draft) to Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 5 November 1852 to [1870] [References to William Kennedy, Bellot, William Penny, Sherard Osborn, Franklin search, Charles Hall] 7 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 248/192/1-3;D Letters (3) (drafts) to Joseph Napier, 6 to 16 February 1857 [Appeal to House of Commons regarding search for Sir John Franklin] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/193;D Letter (draft) to Robert Stirling Newall, 15 May 1857 [Letter of thanks regarding contribution to final Franklin search expedition] holograph
  • MS 248/194;D Letter (2 drafts) to Sherard Osborn, [January] 1856 [Regarding results of James Anderson's search for John Franklin] holograph
  • MS 1100/8;D Letter to [Lord Palmerston], 26 June 1855 [Appeal for official recognition of Sir John Franklin's priority in the discovery of the northwest passage] 4 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 248/195;D Letter (copy) to [Viscount Palmerston] 8 March 1860 [Thanking him for tribute but asking that Franklin be acknowledged as discoverer of the Northwest passage]
  • MS 438/17;D Letter to Edward Parry, 21 October 1872, holograph
  • MS 248/196/1-7;D Letters (7) (copies) to William Penny, 23 November 1849 to [1858] [Regarding Franklin search] 7 leaves, holograph
  • MS 116/24/1-6;D Letters (6) to William Penny, 1852 [Kennedy and Wellington Channel, Franklin searches] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 116/24/7;D Letter to Mrs William Penny, 2 August 1850 [News of Penny] holograph
  • MS 248/179;D Letter (draft) to Charles G Phillips [1850] [Anxiety that James Ross Strait and mouth of the Great Fish Rier be included in the search] holograph
  • MS 248/197;D Letter to B Phipps, 21 April 1857 [Appeal for Prince Albert's support for final Franklin Search expedition] copy
  • MS 248/198;D Letter (copy) to John Rae, 3 May 1850 [Regarding his Arctic expedition and the projected Franklin search expedition under Charles Forsyth De Haven, Horatio Austin and William Penny]
  • MS 248/199/1-2;D Letters (2 draft) to Rennie, 27 March to 11 April 1857 [Regarding purchase of the Fox and rewards for whalers and other matters relating to the search for John Franklin] holograph
  • MS 248/200/1-2;D Letters (2 draft) to George Henry Richards, 17 March 1857 to [November 1869] [Plans for final search for Franklin, C F Hall's return from the Arctic in 1869] holograph
  • MS 248/175/1-23;D Letters (23) to James Clark Ross, 8 October 1840 to 25 May [1850] [Refers to Francis Crozier, John Franklin] 27 leaves, holograph
  • MS 815/1;D Letter to James Clark Ross, 28 February 1855, 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 815/2;D Letter to Lady Ross, 3 November 1848 [Regarding Franklin search] 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 248/213;D Letter (draft) to the Royal Society of Dublin, [April 1867] [Letter of thanks]
  • MS 248/211;D Letter to the Emperor of Russia, 6 January 1852 [Regarding Bedford Pim and search for Franklin] holograph
  • MS 1100/3/1-48;D Letters (48) to William Scoresby Jr, 1848 to 1856 [Regarding search for Franklin] 164 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/174/1-23;D Letters (46) to Mary Simpkinson (sister), 1831 to 19 April 1849 [Regarding Mediterranean travels, administration, education and penal reform in Van Diemen's Land] holograph, copies, autograph
  • MS 489/1;D Letter (copied extract) to Mary Simpkinson, 30 July 1841 [Refers to Miss Hayter and Elizabeth Fry, description of visit to New Zealand] 10 leaves, photostat
  • MS 1039/2;D Letter to Captain Simpson, 9 November 1858 [Letter of thanks] 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 1259/2/1-3;D Letters (3) to William Parker Snow, 7 March to [November] 1850 [Regarding search for Franklin] 7 leaves, holograph (photocopies)
  • MS 248/205;D Letter (copy) to Lady Alexander Stanley, 27 November 1866 [Asking permission to offer Queen Victoria a set of photographs of the Franklin statue in Waterloo Place] holograph
  • MS 248/206/1-6;D Correspondence (copies) with Tasmanian institutions, 1852 to 1853 [Regarding subscriptions for Franklin search expeditions] 6 leaves, in S Cracroft's hand
  • MS 935/1-2;D Letter and enclosure to Zachary Taylor President of the USA, 4 April 1849 [Appeal to the USA for assistance in the Franklin search] 9 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 248/207;D Letter (copy) to the Times, 29 September [1869] [Stating that Charles Hall had brought no journals from King William Land] holograph
  • MS 248/208/1-2;D Letters (2) to the Press, 1860 [Regarding Sir John Franklin's title to discovery of the Northwest passage]
  • MS 248/178;D Letter to Turner (Solicitor), 31 May 1855 [Regarding John Rea and fate of Franklin] holograph
  • MS 248/209/1-2;D Letters (2) to the Government of the United States of America, 4 April and 24 May 1849 [Appeal for American help in Franklin search] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/176;D Letter to John Washington, 18 May 1857 [Regarding American ship at Gravesend]
  • MS 248/177;D Letter (draft) to James Whiteside, 8 May 1860 [Regarding reward for Leopold McClintock and that Franklin should be acknowledged as the discoverer of the Northwest passage] holograph
  • MS 248/226;D Letter (draft) to John Wrottesley (2nd baron), 6 June 1857 [Request to present Leopold McClintock at levee]
  • MS 248/219;D Letter (part) to unknown person, 1865 [Regarding death of Antonio Alcalá Galiano] holograph

System of Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient


Some of the letters are copies made by Sophia Cracroft niece and companion to Jane Franklin.

Reference: GB 0015 Jane Lady Franklin

Jane Franklin papers

Dates of creation: 1803-1871
Extent: notes, lists, statements and other ephemera
Name of Creator: Jane Lady Franklin (nee Griffin)

Administrative/Biographical History

The papers cover Jane's schooling, notes on her husband Sir John, general lists and other material relating to the search for the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (led by Sir John). The material also includes a copy of Jane's will.

Scope and Content

  • MS 248/169;BJ School timetable and report, 1803-1804, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/168;D A Plan for the employment of time and improvement of the mind arranged according to the nature and relative importance of the studies necessary to be daily pursued, April 1811, holograph
  • MS 248/220;D Essay on sadness, followed by notes on Cornwall, [1812], 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/11;D List of book read, 1814-1824, holograph
  • MS 248/70;BJ Notes, [1820s] [On Scotland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Channel Islands, Holland, Germany, England and Wales] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/59;BJ List of book read, 1825-1841, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/62;BJ Notes on constitution of Norway [1827] holograph
  • MS 248/167;D Outline statement of career of Sir John Franklin to 1844, holograph
  • MS 248/215;D Article, 6 November 1847 [In Athenaeum, regarding missing Franklin expedition]
  • MS 248/97;BJ Notes on the treatment of convicts in Van Diemen's Land [1848], holograph
  • MS 248/118;BJ List of book read, 1849-1859, holograph
  • MS 248/216;D Memoranda, [1851] [Regarding British Franklin Search Expedition, 1821-1852 (leader William Kennedy)] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/105;BJ Papers, May to October 1850 [Relating to the search for Franklin] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/201;D Form of agreement, 1851 [Between Jane Franklin and Gideon Smith for service in Prince Albert, British Franklin Search Expedition, 1851-1852 (leader William Kennedy)] holograph
  • MS 1100/9;D Extracts from the Admiralty Instructions taken up by the Phoenix to Sir Edward Belcher in 1854, 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 248/163/2;BJ Notes, 1857 [Regarding death of William Scoresby] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 248/217;D Notice of reward offered to whalers for news of missing expedition, March 1857
  • MS 248/163/3;BJ Notes, 1860 [Made in United States and Canada] holograph
  • MS 248/218/1-2;D Notes (2) on Charles Hall's discoveries in the Arctic, 1869
  • MS 248/202/1-2;D Notes (2), undated [On boyhood of John Franklin] holograph
  • MS 918;D Will and Testament, 26 January 1871 [Proved 6 August 1875 by Sophia Cracroft and George Benjamin Austin Lefroy] 2 leaves (Xerox)

System of Arrangement


Existence of Copies

MS 248/217;D in the hand of Sophia Cracroft