|Description||Most of the letters are written by Emily Beaufort to Harriet Martineau, but some correspondence are from, or to, Emily's sister Rosamond E. Beaufort, known as Rosa.|
The letters from Emily were written before she married in 1862 and took the name of Emily Anne Smythe, wife of 8th Viscount Strangford.
Smythe [nee Beaufort], Emily Anne, Viscountess Strangford (1826-1887), military nurse, was the youngest daughter of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort (1774-1857), hydrographer, and his first wife, Alicia Magdalena (1782-1834). In 1861 she published her book 'Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines'. The book was a popular success, and was reviewed by Percy Ellen Algernon Frederick William Sydney Smythe, 8th Viscount Strangford (1825-1869), diplomatist and orientalist. Emily Beaufort married Percy on 6 February 1862. (Information from the Oxford DNB online).