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THORNELY, Thomas, 1781 - 1862, politician

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 R SR 1094
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: THORNELY, Thomas, 1781 - 1862, politician
Date(s): 1835-1861
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Thornely, Thomas, 1781-1862, politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Thornely, 1781-1862, was educated in 'mercantile pursuits' and continued in commerce until later life, when he became a Liberal MP. He represented the borough of Wolverhampton for twenty-four years, from 1835.

Charles Pelham Villiers, 1802-1898, was educated at Haileybury and St John's College, Cambridge, becoming a barrister of Lincoln's Inn in 1827. He held Benthamite political views, and enjoyed a long career in public service and Parliament. In 1832, he was a Poor Law Commissioner, and from 1833 to 1852, an official of the court of Chancery. He served as an MP for Wolverhampton from 1835 to 1898, during which time he worked towards free trade and opposed the Corn Law and home rule for Ireland. He also served as Judge-Advocate General, 1852-1858, Privy Councillor, 1853, and President of the Poor Law board, 1859-1866.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters by Thornely to his fellow MP for Wolverhampton, Charles Pelham Villiers (1802-1898) including some letters by Villiers, bound typescript transcript. Also includes a letter from Thornely to his father announcing his election, 10 Jan 1835, a brief biography of Thornely, and photographs of both Villiers and Thornely.

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The correspondence is arranged chronologically in 2 volumes: 1: 1835-1847, and ephemera. 2: 1847-1861, and undated.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 29, 2002

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May 29, 2002

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