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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2374
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1798-1860
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Various.


Administrative/Biographical history:

The letters formed lot 235 in Sotheby's sale on 25 March 1974 and were bought by Mr Godfrey Groves, a keen collector of topographical material relating to North London. It is possible that at one time they formed part of the Gardner Collection of London topography, broken up in 1923.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of topographical material, comprising:

Letter of George Gaskin [1751-1829, rector of Stoke Newington] to Theodore Price at Woodstock, Oxfordshire concerning the division of parishes, 1798;

Letter of John Aiken [1747-1822, author] at Stoke Newington to Robert Southey at Keswick concerning biographical memoirs by Southey, 1807;

Letter of James Towill Rutt [1760-1841, politician] at Newington Green to T R Horwood promising to attend a service, 1832;

Letter of Mary Hart at 2 Clarence Cottages, Albion Road, Stoke Newington to Sir Francis Burdett, baronet reporting her efforts to obtain The Diversions of Purley, 1836;

Letter of C Hart at No 6 Terrace, Albion Road, Stoke Newington to Sir Francis Burdett, baronet at St James Place Piccadilly, sending him his copy of The Diversions of Purley, 1836;

Letter of J S Sayers at Stoke Newington to Miss Coutts sending a token gift in memory of his late mother, 1860;

Letter of William B Carpenter [1813-1885, naturalist] at 1 Clarence Terrace, Stoke Newington to Markham Thorpe sending corrections to a bill announcing some lectures, n.d;

Postal cover addressed to Mrs Mary Abney, n.d.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Letters in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Greater London Record Office acquired the letters as part of the Groves Purchase of North London maps and prints in 1980, after the death of Mr Groves in 1978.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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