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Mill, John Stuart: letter, 30 Mar 1844

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL89
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Mill, John Stuart: letter, 30 Mar 1844
Date(s): 1844
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Mill | John Stuart | 1806-1873 | philosopher and MP


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Stuart Mill was born in London in 1806. He was educated at home, studying Greek intensively from early childhood. Whilst reading for the bar in the early 1820s he was converted to the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham. In 1823 he gave up the idea of a law career and went to work for the British East India Company, where he continued to work until 1858. During 1865-1868 he was Independent MP for the City of London and Westminster. During his lifetime, Mill was known as a leading exponent of liberalism and women's rights, as well as utilitarianism, and he was also an influential economic thinker. His stance on the equality of the sexes may have been influenced by the views of his wife Harriet (1807-1858), who was a close friend for more than twenty years before they married in 1851 after her first husband's death. Mill died in Avignon in 1873. His best known works include A System of Logic (1843), Principles of Political Economy (1848), On Liberty (1859), Utilitarianism (1863) and The Subjection of Women (1869).


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from John Stuart Mill of India House, [London] to an unidentified publisher, 30 Mar 1844. Referring to the publication of Essays on some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inside a copy of John Phipps's A guide to the commerce of Bengal - classmark: [G.L.] 1823.

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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:
July 2008

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