Henry Herron Beauchamp was born in London in 1825. In 1838, he went to work for the merchant and shipping firm of Messrs. Samuel Baker, Philpotts & Co., after ten years in London was sent to Mauritius; and after a further two years, he decided to go into the trading and shipping business on his own. He relocated to Australia for 20 years where he became a successful businessman but then semi-retired and returned to England in 1870. After his return to Europe, Beauchamp travelled extensively throughout the world until about 1890; he died at Bexley, Kent on Oct. 6, 1907. In January 1855, Beauchamp married Elizabeth Weiss Lassetter, and together they had six children, the youngest of whom was Mary Annette Beauchamp. Mary Annette Beauchamp was born in Australia in 1866. She became known to the world in 1898 as "Elizabeth" after the publication of her first novel, "Elizabeth and Her German Garden." She was a very popular writer during her lifetime and wrote some twenty works, mainly semi-autobiographical novels between 1897 and 1940; two of her novels have been made into films, "Mr. Skeffington" and "The Enchanted April." She married Count Henning von Arnim-Schlagenthin in 1891, and after his death in 1910, she married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl, in 1916, though they separated in 1919. Elizabeth died in Charleston, South Carolina in 1941.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of H.H. Beauchamp's Journals with typewritten transcriptions for the years 1870-1907, in which he wrote extensively about family matters, as well as, his travels, often pasting in photos, newspaper clippings and other printed material about the places he visited; the collection also includes letters written by Beauchamp, mainly to his wife, Elizabeth Lassetter Beauchamp, and other family members. A second major part of the collection is the Elizabeth Mary, Countess Russell, Address book, correspondence, with one letter by George Moore, ephemera and manuscripts, which consist of two typewritten copies and printed proof sheets of her novel, "Mr. Skeffington."
Organized in the following manner: 1. Journals (Box 1); 2. Journal Transcriptions (Boxes 2-3); 3. H.H. Beauchamp Correspondence & Ephemera (Boxes 4-5); 4. Elizabeth Mary, Countess Russell, Address book, Correspondence, Ephemera & Manuscripts (Boxes 6-7); arranged chronologically and alphabetically. Elizabeth was born Mary Annette Beauchamp (but known in the family as "May"), then after her first marriage in 1891, she became Elizabeth von Arnim, and after her second marriage in 1916, she became Elizabeth, Countess Russell; Russell was the name she preferred to use until her death in 1941. Her authorized name in the Huntington Online Catalogue is Elizabeth Von Arnim, 1866-1941, but it was decided to catalog the material in this collection with the form of her name used in other Huntington manuscript collections.