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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/215-20
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1791-1954
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 26 production units.
Name of creator(s): Butler's Charity | charity providing scholarships and apprenticeships


Administrative/Biographical history:

Samuel Butler made his will in 1821 (he died in 1837) leaving money to be divided between 12 City of London and East End parishes, including St Botolph Aldgate, to pay for apprenticeships for boys and girls. The endowment (consisting of 3 Cannon Street and sums in consols) was later altered to pay for scholarships as well.


Scope and content/abstract:

The surviving records of Butler's Charity comprise minutes, accounts, legal papers, records of apprenticeships, the Charity Commissioners' scheme, letter books and title deeds.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

CLC/215/MS31230 to MS31246.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archive was deposited in Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section by the Sir John Cass Foundation in 1995 (apart from Ms 19627-8). The records were catalogued by a member of the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
August to October 2010.

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