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Letter home: Son to Mother

Letter home: Son to Mother

A letter from Henry Marc Brunel to his mother Mary Brunel, written home from school in North London, c.1853-1854. Henry Marc Brunel would have been around eleven years old at the time of writing. Like his father Isambard Kingdom Brunel, he went on to become an Engineer, apprenticed to William Armstrong and later a partner of Sir John Wolfe Barry. Mary Elizabeth Brunel, née Horsley, lived from 1813 to 1881. She married Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) in 1836, and they had three children, Isambard (1837-1902), Henry Marc (1842-1903) and Florence (c.1847-1876). Mary was the eldest daughter of an artistic family, to whom Isambard Kingdom Brunel was drawn by their music and vivacity. Mary ran the Brunel household with efficiency, and seemed to be happiest at home, rather than travelling with her engineer husband. Angus Buchanan's 'Brunel: the life and times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel', 2002, gives a good insight into Brunel family life. DM 1954/3/2