"Dwarf Japanese Trees" from Brooklyn Daily Eagle

      "Wife of London's New Lord Mayor" (1902)

       "The wife of the new Lord Mayor of London, Sir Marcus Samuel, upon whom will fall the duties of hostess at the civic entertainments in England's capital during the ensuing year, was formerly Miss Benjamin and is a prominent member of the Jewish community.  She is described as an exceedingly kindly and amiable gentlewoman, who presides with dignity and grace over her charming home, the Mote, Maidstone.  She is very fond of fishing and gardening and is said to possess the finest collection of Japanese plants in London, dwarf trees and chrysanthemums being her specialty.  In addition she is the possessor of a fine assortment of color prints.  The firm of which the Lord Mayor is a member has extensive business relations with Japan and the daughter of the Japanese minister has become maid of honor to Lady Samuel.  Two daughters and two sons make up the Lord Mayor's family and the eldest daughter will assist her mother with her duties as hostess during the Mayor's term of office.  One of the sons is a student at Oxford and the other at Eton.  The youngest member of the family is a girl of 12 years." 1


1     Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 23, 1902, pg. 15

The kinds, ages, origins, and fates of her trees are unknown at this point.

Per information found in articles about her husband in the Peerage.com, wikipedia, and the JewishEncyclopedia.com, Sir Marcus Samuel, 1st Viscount Bearsted, was born on 5 November 1853 in London, England, son of Marcus Samuel and Abigail Moss.  On 19 January 1881 he married Fanny Elizabeth Benjamin (c.1858 - 16 January 1927 Hamilton Place, London), daughter of Benjamin Benjamin and Hannah Maria Hart.  Samuel helped develop oil fields in Sarawak and Egypt.  He realised the potential of the oil trade during a trip to the Black Sea in 1890, and ordered the construction of eight dedicated tankers.  His were the first ships to satisfy the Suez Canal company of their safety, allowing him to ship his product to Bangkok and Singapore.  He was founder and Chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd.  In 1907, Samuel's company would combine with the Royal Dutch company of the Netherlands to create the company today known as Shell.  Hw was senior partner of the shipping firm of Samuel, Samuel & Co. of Yokohama, a house of the highest standing in Japan and entrusted with the placing of the Japanese loan in 1898.  He held the office of Court of Aldermen in 1891, the office of Sheriff of the City of London between 1894 and 1895, was invested as a Knight in 1898 for services rendered in the salvage of H.M.S. Victorious, and he held the office of Lord Mayor of London between 1902 and 1903.  In honor of Shell's contribution to the British cause in World War I, he was created 1st Baron Bearsted in 1921, and in 1925, became 1st Viscount Bearsted.  He died on 17 January 1927 at age 73, surviving his wife by only a few hours.

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