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Cooper, Thomas: letter (1855)


Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL43

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Cooper, Thomas: letter (1855)

Date(s): 1855

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 leaves (1 blank)

Name of creator(s): Cooper | Thomas | 1805-1892 | Chartist and religious lecturer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Cooper was born in Leicester in 1805. He educated himself in languages, literature history and theology. He became a schoolteacher, preacher and journalist, and espoused radical Chartism whilst living and working in Leicester in the early 1840s. After serving 2 years in prison following Chartist riots in Staffordshire, he supported himself by writing prose and poetry. From 1856 onwards he was a travelling religious lecturer. He died in 1892.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Thomas Cooper of 10 Devonshire Place, Stoke Newington Green, Middlesex to Edward Smith, 30 Jan 1855. 'I can do no more than sympathise with you - for I am sometimes at my wits end to know how the week's bread is to [be] purchased.' Autograph, with signature.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library at the central building of the University of London (1921). A copy is available in the Library's Palaeography Room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Tregaskis in 1912, about 2 months after Ludlow's books were sold at Hodgson's.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

On negative microfilm - reference: MIC 242/2

Related material:

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

Poverty | Social problems

Personal names
Cooper | Thomas | 1805-1892 | Chartist and religious lecturer

Corporate names