Two letters by the hand of Evelyn Whitaker

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Two letters by the hand of Evelyn Whitaker, acquired in March 2015:
The first to Mrs. Buchanan is dated April 8th 1892, thanking her for a donation to buy a donkey for The Buttercups.
The second is edged in black indicating that she is in mourning. It is addressed to Miss Buchanan, dated April 20th 1894 and expresses Whitaker's regret that she is unable to write anything "at present" in support of the Helena Nursing Home.



 A transcription of the letter above:
April 8th 1892
Dear Mrs. Buchanan,
Thank you very much for your kind contribution towards the Buttercups donkey. We made so sure of help that when the Spring weather began we ventured to take a donkey that seemed likely to suit & now with your kind help we are already out of debt.  It is a nice strong little brown donkey.  Not very fast but that does not matter & the children are delighted.  We have (strike out) only 7 children there Now but several are waiting to come till we are safe, having had whooping cough there.  I am glad to say the children are getting thro’ it nicely & we hope soon to be able to receive some more.
I am enclosing one of our reports for last year.
Will you com over some day in the summer to see the Buttercups & us?  We shall be most pleased to see you.
With many thanks
Believe me
Yours sincerely
Evelyn Whitaker

For more about The Buttercups, the children's convalescent home founded by Evelyn Whitaker and her sisters please see:

The Buttercups


Were the sisters borrowing money for The Buttercups or were they merely advancing the money themselves assuming that donations would come later?

Whooping cough. 



{Black edged mourning} 
A transcription of the letter at right:
April 20th 1894
Dear Miss Buchanan
I hope you will not think me unkind if I say that I am afraid I cannot write anything for you.  At any rate this year.  I have a good deal promised & have been obliged to decline undertaking anything more till I have cleared off my obligations.  It is not from any want of interest in the Helena Nursing Home which I think deserving of all support.  We knew Miss Vincent & I went over the House once some years ago & was much touched & interested.
I think a cousin of ours, Miss ?Mahon? is going to be housekeeper there.  If you could be
kind to her it would be very good of you.  Her father is a clergyman in Somersetshire.  
Some time ago Mrs. Buchanan promised to come out & see our little home the Buttercups. I hope she will be able to do so this summer & that you will come too.  We shall be so pleased if you will come & lunch with us & go on to inspect our little ones.
Yours very truly
Evelyn Whitaker


1894 letter black edged mourning. For whom? Perhaps for sister Caroline.


“cousin of ours” to be housekeeper there

Miss ?Mahon? or Malere Check Whitaker family tree.

"Her father is clergyman in Somersetshire"


 Miss Vincent

Mrs. & Miss Buchanan assoc. with Helena Nursing Home

(St.) Helena Nursing Home

Brownlow Road


2 pounds 10s. monthly in advance

Listed in The Englishwoman’s year Book Vol 1-2 1899

As a “Provincial” “Homes for Incurable Ladies”


“The Helena Nursing Home, opened in 1878, is intended for poor ladies suffering from incurable…”








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