Fanny Kemble letter to Dr. Mutter

Fanny Kemble letter to Dr. Mutter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Kemble, Fanny, 1809-1893
Title: Fanny Kemble letter to Dr. Mutter
Dates: probably 1834
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of an autographed letter signed to Dr. Mutter, no place, no date (according to a pencilled note in another hand at the top of the first page, the letter dates from Boston, Summer 1834). The three pages containing the letter are in very good condition, apart from some marginal tears, not affecting text. The letter is a long, interesting personal letter from the celebrated English actress and author to Dr. Mutter, probably Thomas Dent Mutter. The letter includes Kemble's instructions on how to play a word game called "raphsody" [sic] and a 32 line poem entitled, "The Lady of the Kienast Tower."
Coll. Number: ms2434

Biographical/Historical Note

Frances Anne (Fanny) Kemble, 1809-1893, was an English actress and author. She married Pierce Butler of Philadelphia, who inherited a Georgia plantation. Kemble witnessed slavery first-hand while living on her husband's plantation. She had previously refused to speak out publicly against slavery. Her letter to the Times was eventually published in 1863 as an appendix to her Journal of a residence on a Georgian plantation.

For more information, see the article "Fanny Kemble (1809-1893)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


Thomas Dent Mutter, physician, was born in Richmond, Virginia, March 9, 1811 and died in Charleston, South Carolina on March 16, 1859. He was a graduate of Hampden Sidney and at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1831. He then went to Paris and on his return settled in Philadelphia. In 1841-1856 he was professor of surgery in Jefferson Medical College. He wrote an account of the salt sulphur springs of Virginia, an essay on "ClubFoot," contributed various professional papers to periodicals and published an edition of Robert Liston's "Lecture of the Operations of Surgery," with additions (Philadelphia, 1846). Famous Americans http://famousamericans.

Index Terms

Kemble, Fanny, 1809-1893 -- Correspondence
Mütter, Thomas D., (Thomas Dent), 1811-1859 -- Correspondence
Word and number puzzles and games.
Word games.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fanny Kemble letter to Dr. Mutter. MS 2434. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Fanny Kemble Collection, 1830s-1840s; Fanny Kemble Letter, 1852?; Frances Anne Kemble letter, ca. 1844

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1834?