PhD research on wives ‘left behind’ by 19th century emigrant Cornishmen – can you help? Many Cornish family histories include passed down memories of wives who remained in Cornwall while their husbands emigrated in search of work opportunities around the world throughout the 19th century. However, as yet, these women have largely been neglected when the story of Cornish Emigration is told. Through the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter, I am carrying out postgraduate research that explores the experiences of these wives: were they were reunited with their husbands either in Cornwall or abroad? How did they cope financially, practically and emotionally in their absence? What were the long-term consequences for the family? Can you help with this research? I would very much like to hear from anyone who has such a story in their family and/or has surviving letters between the husband and wife, or other correspondence or documents that contain information about couples separated by emigration from Cornwall in the period 1800 to 1914. Does anyone know of a diary kept by a wife who found herself in this situation? Any information would be gratefully received, and full acknowledgement given in the resulting PhD thesis and intended book. If you think you can help please contact me via email or at the address below. If you are able to share copies of letters or documents to aid this research, digital images or photocopies would be most welcome, but please do not risk sending original documents by post. Many thanks, Lesley Trotter PhD Researcher Institute of Cornish Studies. Email: email@example.com Postal address: Lesley Trotter, The Institute of Cornish Studies, Peter Lanyon Building, The University of Exeter - Cornwall Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, United Kingdom.