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McCulloch, John Ramsay: correspondence, 1820-1863

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL187
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: McCulloch, John Ramsay: correspondence, 1820-1863
Date(s): 1820-1863
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 40 items (153 leaves)
Name of creator(s): McCulloch | John Ramsay | 1789-1864 | Scots statistician and economist


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Ramsay McCulloch was born Whithorn, Wigtownshire, in 1789. He was a prolific Scottish journalist, and one of the most ardent expositors of the Classical Ricardian School of Economics. He was economics editor for the Whiggish Edinburgh Review, and used this platform to popularize Classical theories and promote the repeal of the Corn Laws. McCulloch was also the editor of the 1828 edition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations and the 1846 edition of David Ricardo's Works, and composed some of the earliest accounts of the history of economic thought. His main work was Principles (1825), perhaps the first successful 'serious' textbook in economics. McCulloch served as a professor in political economy at University College London from 1828 to 1832. In the later part of his life, he became the Comptroller of HM Stationery Office. He died in 1864.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of 40 letters mainly addressed to John Ramsay McCulloch, 1820-1863. Writers include: Lord Ashley [Anthony Ashley-Cooper, later Earl of Shaftesbury], Sir Francis Baring, Adam Black, Henry Brougham [later Baron Brougham and Vaux], the Earl of Durham [John Lambton], Sir James Graham, François Guizot, William G Hayter, David Irving, Francis Jeffrey, Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Thomas Frankland Lewis, Thomas Longman [publisher], Samuel Jones Loyd [later Baron Overstone], James Mill, Thomas Spring Rice [Baron Monteagle], Lord John Russell, the Duke of Somerset [Edward Adolphus Seymour, later St Maur], Earl Stanhope [Philip Henry Stanhope], William Tait [? publisher], R Torrens, George Villiers [later Earl of Buckingham], and Sylvain Van de Weyer. Many letters include autograph signatures. With descriptions, transcripts and comments by Professor H S Foxwell.

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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from P Dobell and Co, 1954.

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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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