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1901 letter provides details of royal funeral procession
Kay Polk’s grandfather was in London during Queen Victoria’s funeral 121 years ago
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Kay Polk, of Camden, provided this photograph of her grandparents, Charles Francis and Mary “Mollie” Adelaide Nutting. In 1901, two year before they were married, Charles wrote Mollie a letter detailing his and his brother, George’s experience of traveling to London and watching the procession of Queen Victoria’s casket through the streets on the way to her funeral. The Nutters moved to Canada in 1908, had a son, Ernest (Kay’s father), in 1910, and moved again to Florida, in 1926, so Charles could continue recovering from a shrapnel wound to his arm suffered in World War I. Ernest became a forester who worked in Tennessee and North Carolina before coming to South Carolina.
At 9:45 p.m. Feb. 2, 1901, Charles Francis Nutting began writing a letter to his future wife, Mary “Mollie” Adelaide, from his home, Hazelwood, in Birmingham, England, after returning from the Manchester Hotel in East London. Charles had been there, with his brother, George, in an attempt to attend the funeral of Queen Victoria who, at the time, had been the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch.