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Law, Edward (1st Earl of Ellenborough): letter (1839)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL240
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Law, Edward (1st Earl of Ellenborough): letter (1839)
Date(s): 1839
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Law | Edward | 1790-1871 | 1st Earl of Ellenborough | politician and governor-general of India


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edward Law was educated at Eton College and at St John's College Cambridge, before becoming MP for the borough of St Michael's, Cornwall, in 1813. On his father's death in 1818 he entered the House of Lords as 2nd Baron Ellenborough, and served as a cabinet minister and member of the India Board for several years. His second wife (whom he divorced in 1830) was the notorious Jane Elizabeth Digby. From 1841 to 1844 Law served as Governor-General of India, an office which involved him in wars in Afghanistan, Sindh and Gwalior. On his return to Britain he was created Viscount Southam and Earl of Ellenborough. He re-entered domestic politics for a few years but left office in 1858; however, he maintained a strong interest in India for the rest of his life.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Edward Law (1st Earl of Ellenborough) of Grosvernor Place, [London] to Rev Henry Walter, 28 Feb 1839. Replying to a letter on the state of labourers in contemporary society. 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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from I Kyrle Fletcher (1957).

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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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