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Macaulay, Thomas Babington: letter, 7 Nov 1857

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL77
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Macaulay, Thomas Babington: letter, 7 Nov 1857
Date(s): 1857
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves (1 blank)
Name of creator(s): Macaulay | Thomas Babington | 1800-1859 | Baron Macaulay | historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Babington Macaulay was born at Rothley Temple, Leicestershire in 1800. He was the son of the abolitionist Zachary Macaulay and his wife Selina (née Mills). He was educated at Trinity College Cambridge and subsequently studied law at Lincoln's Inn and was called to the bar in 1826. He first entered Parliament in 1830 as MP for Calne and subsequently for Leeds. He left Parliament in 1834 to serve on the Governor-General's Council in British India, returning to Britain in 1838. In 1839 he re-entered Parliament as MP for Edinburgh, keeping the seat until 1847 and spending several years as a cabinet minister. Macaulay was also known as a poet and author. Between 1839 and 1855 he wrote four volumes of a History of England, which was well-received by many critics. He was granted a peerage in 1857 and buried in Westminster Abbey after his death in 1859.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Thomas Babington Macaulay of Holly Lodge, Kensington to Augustus De Morgan, 7 Nov 1857. Thanking him for a copy of his pamphlet [Answers to the questions communicated by Lord Overstone to the Decimal Coinage Commissioners; (London, 1857)]. 'I will frankly own to you that you seem to me greatly to overrate the advantages and greatly to underrate the inconveniences of the change which you recommend. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

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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.

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.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Bound in George Chalmers's copy of James Hopkirk's Account of the Forth and Clyde Navigation, etc (1816) - classmark: [G.L.] I2.816.

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Description Notes

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

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