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Gilpin, Charles, 1815-1874
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Scope and content:

The collection consists of letters written to Gilpin by numerous persons - a glittering array of mid-nineteenth century reformers. Quakers are prominent, but the Society of Friends was not discussed. The content is varied and represents his social and political interests. The publishing business rarely appears in the correspondence.

Two indexes to the collection have been compiled. The first is a listing of known correspondents. Their letters are itemized in the Autograph File. Several signatures could not be identified. The second is a selective index of references to persons, places, and topics that are mentioned in the collection, with references to the dates of the letters in which those references may be found.

Biographical / historical:

Charles Gilpin (1815-1874), British publisher and reform member of Parliament, belonged to a Quaker family. His father was a Bristol tradesman, and his mother was the sister of Joseph Sturge, the noted Quaker philanthropist. Gilpin was a publisher and bookseller in London until 1853. He became a common councilman for London in 1848. After unsuccessfully contesting the parliamentary seat for Perth in 1852, he won election for Northampton in 1857 and represented it for the rest of his life. He served as secretary of the Poor Law Board, 1859-1865. He was a member of the Anti-Slavery Society, the Hungarian Relief Committee, the Peace Congress Committee, and the National Freehold Land Society. A few letters indicate his involvement in railway management. Richard Cobden and Lajos Kossuth were among his friends. Gilpin married Anna Crouch of Falmouth. Biographical information appears in his obituary in The Times, Sept. 9, 1874, p. 7, and in Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography, I, 1152.

Acquisition information:
The Charles Gilpin Papers were purchased by Duke University in 1968.
Processing information:

Processed by: Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Staff

Completed ca. 1968

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

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List of Correspondents

See Autograph File in Card Catalog for the Dates of the Letters

Alsop, Robert
Arnold, Thomas (1816-1897)
Beattie, Alexander
Bernal Osborne, Ralph
Bouverie, Everard William
Bracebridge, Charles
Holte Braithwaite, Joseph
Bevan Brand, Henry
Bouverie William, First Viscount Hampden
Brand, Henry Robert, Second Viscount Hampden
Buck, Cornelius
Buxton, Sir Thomas Fowell, Third Baronet
Byng, James
Campbell, John (1794-1867)
Candler, John
Candler, S.
Carpenter, Mary
Childers, Hugh
Culling Eardley
Christy, Joseph Fell [?]
Clark, Daniel Kinnear
Clarke, Ebenezer
Clifton, Sir Robert Juckes, Ninth Baronet
Cobden, Catherine Anne (Williams)
Cobden, Ellen M. A.
Cobden, Richard
Colonna, A.
Cooke, Samuel John [?]
Cooper, Joseph (1800-1881)
Cooper, T.
Courtenay, William Reginald, Eleventh Earl of Devon
Cowper, G.
Cowper, Henry Frederick
Cowper-Temple, William Francis, First Baron Mount Temple
Crosfield, George
Crosland, Camilla Dufour (Toulmin)
Davidson, Septimus
Deane, Chr. P.
Dembinski, Henri
Devon, William Reginald Courtenay Eleventh Earl of See Courtenay
Drummond, Henry (1786-1860)
Dudley, Elizabeth
Duncombe, Thomas Slingsby
Earle, Ralph Anstruther
Eden, Anthony Henley, Third Baron Henley
Ellis, Sarah (Stickney)
Ewart, William
Fanshawe, Edward Cardwell
Finch-Hatton, Edward Hatton
Fox, Robert Barclay
Fry, Alfred A. [?]
Gay, John (1813-1885)
Gemma, L. F. D.
Gilpin, Charles
Gilpin, James
Glyn, George Grenfell, Second Baron Wolverton
Grenville, George Nugent, Baron Nugent
Grey, Sir George, Second Baronet
Gurney, Joseph John
Hampden, Henry Bouverle William Brand, First Viscount See Brand
Hampden, Henry Robert Brand, Second Viscount See Brand
Harris, John (1802-1856)
Hatton, Edward Hatton Finch See Finch-Hatton
Hawes, Sir Benjamin
Headlam, Thomas Emerson
Henley, Anthony Henley Eden, Third Baron See Eden
Herbert, Sidney, First Baron
Herbert of Lea
Howitt, William
Hue, Lucy M.
Hume, Joseph
Hutton, Elizabeth (Winder)
Ingham, Robert
Kitching, John
Layard, Sir Austen Henry
Leveson-Gower, Granville George, Second Earl Granville
Lewis, Jane Isabella (Browne)
Lindsay, William Schaw
Locock, Sir Charles, First Baronet
Lushington, Stephen (1782-1873)
Mackay, Charles Marsh, Edward
May, Caroline
May, Edward C.
Monson, William John, First Viscount Oxenbridge
Morley, Augusta
Morley, Samuel
Mount Temple, William Francis Cowper-Temple, First Baron See Cowper-Temple
Newman, Francis William
Osborne, Ralph Bernal See Bernal Osborne
Osborne, Lord Sidney Godolphin
Owen, Sir Hugh
Oxenbridge, William John Monson, First Viscount See Monson
Paget, Lord Clarence Edward
Parkes, Amy Sedgwick
Parry, John Humffreys
Patten, John Wilson-, First Baron Winmarleigh See Wilson-Patten
Pattison, James
Payne, William John
Pearson, Mary Martha
Pease, Edward (1767-1858)
Pease, Edward (1834-1880)
Pease, Joseph (1799-1872)
Pease, Sir Joseph Whitwell, First Baronet
Peto, Sir Samuel Morton, First Baronet
Pope, Samuel
Price, T.
Probyn, J.W.
Ramsden, Sir John William, Fifth Baronet
Raynham, John Villiers Stuart Townshend, Viscount See Townshend
Reed, Sir Charles
Richard, Henry
Robertson, David
Russell, Arthur John Edward
Salomons, Sir David, First Baronet
Seely, Mary (Hilton)
Sherman, James
Simpson, Joseph
Smiles, Samuel
Somerville, Alexander (1811-1885)
Stanley, Lady Augusta Frederica Elizabeth (Bruce)
Stanley, Edward (1779-1849)
Stickney, Sarah
Stuart, Lord Dudley Coutts
Sturge, Joseph
Tanner, William
Temple, William Francis Cowper-, First Baron Mount Temple See Cowper-Temple
Thompson, George (1804-1878)
Thompson, Thomas Perronet
Thwaites, Sir John
Torrens, William Torrens McCullagh
Toulmin, Camilla Dufour See Crosland
Townshend, John Villiers Stuart, Fifth Viscount Townshend
Villiers, Charles Pelham
Vincent, Henry
Vukovics, Sebastian
Walker, Amasa
Warren, D.
Watkin, Sir Edward William, First Baronet
Wczele, M. G. de, Count
Wczele, Diana Gurowska de
Whatman, Louisa Isabella (Ross)
Whetham, Sir Charles
Wilkinson, Conrad
Wilkinson, Sarah
Wilkinson, William Arthur
Wilson-Patten, John, First Baron Winmarleigh
Winmarleigh, John Wilson-Patten, First Baron See Wilson-Patten
Wodehouse, Elizabeth Louisa
Wodehouse, Rachel Horatia
Wolverton, George Grenfell Glyn, Second Baron See Glyn
Woodgate, Arthur George Kennedy

Selective Index of References to Persons, Places, and Subjects

Abolition Movement 1850 June 25; Oct. 6.
Army. Equipment 1854, Sept. 11
Beales, Edmond 1866 (Henley)
Beresford, Marcus (1800-1876) 1870 July 5
Bishopsgate Ward Petition 1847 Dec. 1
Borneo Meeting 1849 Dec. 29; 1850 Jan. 22.
Borough Road Society 1850 March 21
Bowron, James 1867 Oct. 9
Bradlaugh, Charles 1868, Sept. 14
Brazil, Relations with 1850 Oct. 6
Bright, John 1848; 1850 Jan. 22; 1864 June 12; 1867 May 10.
Buenos Aires Meeting 1863 Nov. 28
British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society 1873 Dec. 7
Burnet, John (1789-1862) 1852 March 24
Burritt, Elihu 1850 Oct. 8, 10, 17; 1865 Apr. 4; n. d. (Cobden).
Capital Punishment 1846, April 14, 19; 1848, March 4, 8; 1848; 1864, Jan. 11, 13, Jan; 1866, June 21; 1867, May 10, 12; undated (Vincent).
Capital Punishment. Italy 1866, June 21
Cardwell, Edward, First Viscount Cardwell 1870, Jan. 4
Carey, George Jackson 1869, May 31
Chartism 1842, Dec. 31; 1848, Apri1 27.
China, Relations with 1857, April 4, 18
Cleveland, Charles Dexter 1850, July 1
Cobden, Richard 1850, Jan. 22, Oct. 10,; 1865, Apr. 4, 5, 7, May 5, Nov.; 1867, March 22; 1850, Sept. 23.
Copway, George 1850, Oct. 3
Cotton Districts Relief Fund 1862, Nov. 12
Crimean War 1855, Dec. 5
Currency. U. S. 1867, March 22
Dalhousie, Fox Maule, Eleventh Earl of See Maule, Fox, Eleventh Earl of Dalhousie
David, Professor 1850, Oct. 10
Denman, George 1867, May 10
Denmark, Relations with 1850, Oct. 8, 10, 17
Dickins, Charles 1850, Oct. 6
Dissenters 1847, June 21
Economic Conditions 1862, Nov. 12; 1860's (Villiers).
Eden, Anthony Henley, Third Baron Henley 1866, July 25
Education 1856, Aug. 18; 1871, Oct. 24.
Egypt. Relations with 1873, Dec. 7
Elections 1847, June 21; 1848, Dec. 29; 1852, March 23, 24; 1857, April 4; 1865, July 30, Aug. 1; 1868, Sept. 14, Nov. 25, Dec.; 1870, July 5.
Essays 1848, July 15; 1849, Jan. 28.
Forster, Robert 1850, March 21
Gladstone, William Ewart 1857, June 17; 1870, July 28.
Grey, Sir George, Second Baronet 1864, Jan.
Gurney, Joseph John 1846, March 19
Gurney, Samuel 1849, Dec. 29; 1850, Oct. 17.
Hatfield, Caroline 1847, March 20
Henley, Anthony Henley Eden, Third Baron See Eden, Anthony Henley, Third Baron Henley
Heritage, Mr. 1847, March 20
Hobart, Vere Henry, Baron Hobart 1867, March 22
Hue, Clement April 21
Hungarians in England 1851, Oct. 3; 1852, Oct. 28; 1852; ca. 1852; 1859, May 19.
Iron. Mining and Manufacture. Great Britain 1867, Oct. 9
Italy. Relations with 1859, May 19
Jackson, Peter 1848, Oct. 28
Kah-ge-ga-gah-bough See Copway, George
Kemény, Wolfgang, Baron 1852
Kiss, Miklos 1852
Knights and Knighthood See also Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry
Kossuth, Lajos 1851, Oct. 3; 1852; 1859, May 19; n. d. (Cowper).
Kramer, Wilhelm (1801-1875) [?], April 21
Lambert, Sir John 1861 (Villiers)
Liberal Party 1866 (Henley)
Lloyd, Thomas (1814-1890) 1850, June 25
Locke, John (1805-1880) 1862, July 9
Lycett, Sir Francis 1870, July 5
Maule, Fox, Eleventh Earl of Dalhousie 1852, March 23, 24
Miall, Edward 1865, April 5
Morell, John Daniel 1864, June 12
National Freehold Land Company 1852, Sept. 14 (Possible reference); 1854, June 24, Aug. 9; 1856, June 5.
The British Banner 1848, Jan. 27; 1850, Oct. 3; 1852, March 23, 24; 1853, Sept. 30.
The Non-Slaveholder 1846, March 27
Odger, George 1870, July 5
Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry. Great Britain 1869, May 31 (K. C. M. G.)
Parliament 1854, Aug. 9; 1857, June 17.
Parliamentary Reform 1848, April 27; 1867, May 10; n. d. (Vincent).
Paraons, Arthur 1863, July 29
Peace. Congresses. 1850 July 1
Pearson, Charles (1794-1862) 1863, Feb. 14
Pease, Henry 1859, Aug. 8
Perth Election 1852, March 23, 24
Poor Laws 1861; 1868, Dec. 3; 1860's (Villiers).
Prisons 1846, March 19; 1848; 1852, Oct. 27.
Privateering 1857, June 17
Prussia, Relations with 1850, Oct. 8, 10, 17
Pulazky, Ferencz 1852 (Stuart)
Railroads 1859, Aug. 8; 1873, Dec. 17, July 5.
Railroads. Hungary 1869, Nov. 6
Reconstruction. U. S. 1867, March 22
Reed, Sir Charles 1861, March 20
Reformatories 1852, Oct. 27
Rennie, George or Sir John 1854, Sept. 11
Robertson, Mr. 1863, Nov. 28
Rogers, Mr. 1862, Nov. 12
Russell, Lord John, First Earl Russell 1850, Oct. 17; 1860's (Villiers).
Sherman, James 1848, July 15; 1849, Jan. 28.
Slave Trade. Great Britain. 1850, June 25, Oct. 6
Slavery. Egypt 1873, Dec. 7
Smith, John Benjamin 1860's (Villiers)
Smith, Joshua Toulmin 1852
Stoke Newington Delegation 1854, Aug. 7
Stuart, Lord Dudley Coutts 1852 (Newman)
Sturge, Joseph 1850, Oct. 6, 8
Teleki, László, Szeki gróf 1852
Temple, Henry John, Third Viscount Palmerston 1850, Oct. 8; 1854, Aug. 7, 8.
Transportation of Criminals 1846, March 19
Turnbull, David 1850, June 25
U. S. Relations with 1857, June 17; 1863, Jan. 2; 1860's (Villiers); 1870, July 28.
Vaughan, John (1799-1868) 1867, Oct. 9
Villiers, Charles Pelham Letter to: 1865, Feb. 3
Villiers, Henry Montagu 1861, Aug. 11
Waterlow, Sir Sydney Hedley, First Baronet 1870, July 5
Whigs 1866 (Henley)
Wilkinson, William Arthur 1856, June 5; 1863, Nov. 28; n. d. (Sarah Wilkinson).
Wise, David 1842, Dec. 31
Woreley, Henry 1849, Jan. 28


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