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Place Family Letters

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 396
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Place Family Letters
Date(s): 1819-1825
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Adams | Elizabeth | née Place | 1794-1823 | daughter of Francis Place
Adams | William Bridges | 1797-1872 | inventor | husband of Elizabeth Adams


Administrative/Biographical history:

Francis Place was born 1771 into the poverty of working-class London; apprenticed to a breeches-maker, 1785; member of the London Corresponding Society, 1794-1797, opened a tailoring shop, 1799, which developed into a successful, exclusive tailoring business; played a central part in a series of radical organizations and campaigns from the 1790s to the 1850s, including Joseph Hume's repeal of the Combination Laws and the drafting of the 1838 People's Charter; close associate of various political reformers such as Jeremy Bentham, James Mill and Joseph Hume; died 1854.

William and Elizabeth Adams travelled to Chile in 1820 on the ACHILLES, accompanied by John Gillies (1792-1834), a naval surgeon and botanist. The party arrived in the Chilean port of Valparaiso and travelled to Quintero where they were based until Elizabeth's death in Aug 1823. William Adams travelled to Con Con and Buenos Aires before returning to England in 1825.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letters to Francis Place and his wife Elizabeth, 1819-1825, from Elizabeth Adams, their daughter, and her husband William Adams. The letters chronicle the Adams' journey to Chile, including the crossing to Chile aboard the ACHILLES, the period spent in Chile, the death of Elizabeth, the travels of William following Elizabeth's death and his return to England.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

Handlist. Collection level description on CALM.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by Brain Adams via Professor F Rosen at the Bentham Project, UCL History Department, 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University College London Special Collections also holds an autobiography of William and Elizabeth's son William Adams including a family history (Ref: MS ADD 401); correspondence of William Bridges Adams with Sir Edwin Chadwick (Ref: CHADWICK), and various other papers of Francis Place.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford DNB

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:
Sep 2008

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