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Stanhope, Charles and Stirling, Wilhelmina: letters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL151
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Stanhope, Charles and Stirling, Wilhelmina: letters
Date(s): [1795], [1944-1960]
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 items (3 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Stanhope | Charles | 1753-1816 | 3rd Earl Stanhope
Stirling | Wilhelmina | 1865-1965 | collector and sister of Evelyn De Morgan


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Stanhope was born in London and educated at Eton College and the University of Geneva. He became MP for High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 1780, keeping the seat until 1786, when he became Earl Stanhope on his father's death. Politically, his opinions were liberal and strongly democratic: he supported the abolition of slavery and was sympathetic to religious dissenters and to the French Revolution. Stanhope was also strongly interested in science: he became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1772 and conceived several inventions, including a new type of printing press. William Pitt the Younger was his brother-in-law from his first marriage and Lady Hester Stanhope, who travelled widely in the Middle East, was his eldest daughter.

Wilhelmina Stirling (1865-1965) was a collector of artefacts. She was the younger sister of the painter Evelyn De Morgan, a member of the Pre-Raphaelite art circle.


Scope and content/abstract:

(1) Letter from Charles Stanhope of Chevening, near Sevenoaks, Kent to William Frend, [May 1795]. Declining an invitation to be 'one of the Stewards for your dinner ... But wherever I am, you know that I am unalterable in all my civic Principles.' Deploring the 'studied Incivism' shown by the petition from the county of Middlesex. (2) Letter from Mrs A M D Wilhelmina Stirling, 30 Launceston Place, Palace Gate, London to William Frend De Morgan, [1944-1960]. Includes comments on the content of item (1). Both letters autograph, with signatures.

Access & Use

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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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bound with no 15 of Robert Owen's millennial gazette in a volume of pamphlets - classmark: [G.L.] B.P [Ludlow] 9.

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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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