Letters, primarily 1908-1919, from Page and his wife Florence Lathrop Field Page to her daughters Minna Field Gibson Burnaby and Florence Field Lindsay and to Bryan Lathrop and Helen Aldis Lathrop. The letters concern social life in Washington, D.C., life in Rome during World War I, diplomacy under Woodrow Wilson, and the role of a diplomat's wife. There are forty letters, 1915-1916, from Algernon Edwin Burnaby to his wife and son concerning the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey. Individuals mentioned in the collection include Sir George Trevelyan and the Prince of Wales (who was later the Duke of Windsor). Subjects include earthquake in Avezzano, Italy, Paris Peace Conference (1919-1920), the influenza epidemic of 1918 and war relief efforts of the Red Cross.
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Thomas Nelson Page was born in 1853. He attended Washington College and read law under his father. Page graduated from the University of Virginia and was a lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. He married Anne Seddon Bruce and secondly, to Florence Lathrop Field. He wrote novels, children's books, biography and poems. In 1913 he was appointed ambassador to Italy where he served until 1919. He died in Hanover County, Virginia in 1922 and was buried in Washington, D.C.
Page, Thomas Nelson. Italy and the World War. With Maps. New York: C. Scribners, 1920; Funigiello, Philip J., and University Press of Virginia, Publisher. Florence Lathrop Page : A Biography / Philip J. Funigiello. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994.