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Francis Wright Bradley Papers [addition]

Eighteen manuscripts, 1897-1958, added to the Library's holdings on Francis Wright Bradley (1884-1971) consist of miscellaneous family papers, the earliest of which is an 1897-98 Columbia High School report card issued to Bradley's wife, Jane Vander Horst Heyward Trenholm.

Among the principal items of interest is a travel journal kept by Jane Trenholm on a five-month continental trip she took in 1907. The journal details her experiences traveling through Europe from May to September with two friends, Margaret Dubose and Anne Porcher. On 24 May 1907 the three sailed from Philadelphia to Antwerp on the ship Menominee. A passenger list, numerous pencil sketches, postcards and photographs bring to life her written words. An artist herself, she comments upon the various museums and galleries visited on the tour. On 7 June, upon viewing drawings in an Antwerp gallery by "Nic-Van-der-Horst" dating from 1631, she remarks"It made me feel quite homey to see one of my own names." On 1 July, two days before attending an art class at the Academie Delecluss in Paris, she observed"I'm about thro with Art. It would take me five years to start well and I'm too oldhere I'll be an old maid in a little over a monthtoo late to begin over."

In addition to sightseeing, Trenholm and her friends visited briefly in Milan with their friend "Aunt Jane," the former Jane T. Perry of Charleseton who had married the Duke of Litta in 1893. A newsclipping tipped into the journal indicates that the Duke had visited Charleston during their courtship and had made many friends who subsequentely moved to Columbia, including the Trenholms. Jane enjoyed her visit and her hosts and voiced her support of the Duke's political views as well. On 13 July, she wrote"The Duke has been trying to better the conditions of the people of his villages and they consequently adore him, but he has been severly criticized by his fellow Lords for his socialistic tendenciesthey can't understand his broad mindedness probably."

On Friday the thirteenth of September, Trenhom boarded the Westernland and began a troubling return voyage. That day she wrote of her distaste for the majority of the passengers, especially the "innately uninteresting" women on board who were "causing constant trouble" to the staff. She promised herself that if she ever behaved in such a manner she would "put a spider in my own dumpling or otherwise surpress myself." The trip became more than annoying on 18 September when the engines failed during a storm"there's no use crying....But if the engine starts I believe I'll give three cheers....Worst wave of all I slid gracefully across the room." Later that evening near panic took hold, evident in Jane's erratically nervous handwriting"Laterafter dinnercouldn't sit on a chair...barbershop went to smashlady cut her head open everyone scared to death."

The following day the engines were functioning, but Jane's troubles had not ended. On 24 September, just hours before the ship docked, a woman fell overboard and drowned. Upon arrival Jane withstood a barrage of questions by American officials"`Are you an Anarchist?' `Are you a polygamist?' `Have you ever been in the penitentiary?'"and nearly missed the train to Columbia due to problems locating her luggage. Her final entry, dated 24 September, reads simply"Arrived 3 o-clock Home Sweet Home."

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