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Peel, Sir Robert: letter, [1849]-1878

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL96
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Peel, Sir Robert: letter, [1849]-1878
Date(s): [1849]-1878
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 4 leaves and 1 pass
Name of creator(s): Peel | Sir | Robert | 1788-1850 | 2nd Baronet | statesman


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir Robert Peel was born in Lancashire in 1788. He was at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford. He entered parliament aged 21 as Tory MP for Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland, subsequently serving as MP for Chippenham, Wiltshire and Oxford University before succeeding his father as MP for Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1830. He first became a cabinet minister in 1822 and served two terms as Prime Minister (1834-1835, 1841-1846). Peel's Tamworth Manifesto of 1834 and his government's repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 (which led to its fall and provoked a split in the Tories) both strongly influenced the development of the Conservative party into its current form. However, he is best remembered for establishing the Metropolitan Police ('Bobbies' or 'Peelers') whilst Home Secretary in 1829. He died in 1850 after falling from his horse. His son (also Robert) succeeded him as baronet and as MP for Tamworth.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir Robert Peel of Drayton Manor, [Tamworth, Staffordshire] to an unknown recipient,13 Dec [1849]. Criticising the Colonial Reform Society. Autograph, with signature. Including a pass to 'Admit Bearer to the Strangers Gallery House of Commons', signed by Sir Robert Peel [presumably the 3rd Baronet, named after his father], 4 Apr 1878.

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:
Aug 2008

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