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Cavendish, William, 1808-1891 (7th Duke of Devonshire and University Chancellor)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1808 - 1891

Biography

William Cavendish (1808-91), 7th Duke of Devonshire, landowner and industrialist, was born on 27 April 1808, in Charles Street, Berkeley Square, London. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and took his BA and MA in 1829, and in June 1829 he was returned as MP for Cambridge University. He was the first chancellor of the University of London, from 1836 to 1856, and an important influence on its early development. He was chancellor of Cambridge University from 1862 until his death; he was chairman of the royal commission on scientific instruction and the advancement of science, which sat from 1871 to 1874; and as an earnest of his commitment to the cause, he provided for the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge in 1874. He was a considerable benefactor of Owens College, Manchester, and of the Yorkshire College of Science, Leeds; when these colleges became part of the new federal Victoria University in 1880 he was its first chancellor. He died at Holker Hall on 21 December 1891 and was buried at Edensor, close to Chatsworth, on 26 December.

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

 Item

Correspondence from 7th Duke of Devonshire to John Willis Clark, 15 Dec. 1884-19 Dec. 1884

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8952/41-42
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Letters mostly to Clark, with some to his wife Frances Clark (d.1908), Adam Sedgwick (1785-1873) and others, mainly routine in nature, and collected for their autograph value. Another volume, containing letters of scientists, was not acquired. The original numbering in each volume has been retained; in this catalogue the letters are grouped by subject.

Dates: 15 Dec. 1884-19 Dec. 1884
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Latimer Neville: Scrapbook on Cambridge University Elections

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9237
Scope and Contents Scrapbook on the elections of University M.P.s, the Chancellor and the High Steward. "Previous proceedings and correspondence are in another book", not preserved with this scrapbook. The volume contains letters, flysheets, pamphlets and additional papers relating to the selection of the Conservative candidate H. Cecil Raikes for the University, 1882 (pp.1-47,186-187); the formation of the Cambridge Conservative Association, 1891 (with letters from G.H. Darwin, G.F. Browne and J.H. Gray)...
Dates: 1880-1900 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Letter from 7th Duke of Devonshire to John Willis Clark, 8 Jan. 1883

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8952/40
Scope and Contents

Sends cheque for Balfour Memorial Fund

Dates: 8 Jan. 1883
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item — Box: MS Add.7655/I-III: Box 1

Letter from J.C. Maxwell to William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire (draft), 1874 (Circa, SLP 435)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS.Add.7655/II/90
Scope and Contents From the Series:

A principal series of scientific correspondence, drafts and notes totalling 242 items, letters written to J.C. Maxwell from many scientists and institutions of Maxwell's day dating from his early days at Cambridge University until the day of his death.

Dates: 1874 (Circa, SLP 435)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: RESTRICTED - Use Microfilms CMO5028-CMO5042. List in catalogue
 Item

Letter from Joseph Romilly to William Hodge Mill, 3 June 1829

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/65
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.

Dates: 3 June 1829
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

Letter from Marquess of Hartington [7th Duke of Devonshire] to Adam Sedgwick, 20 July 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8952/66
Scope and Contents

Glad to act on Sedgwick's recommendation for the son of a North Lancashire friend; he must consider proper conduct of Post Office business, and residents' convenience

Dates: 20 July 1863
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series — Box: MS Add.8856: Box 1

Letter from William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, to Sir Robert Collier, 24 Dec. 1882

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8856/114
Scope and Contents

Seeks advice about a question which came before him as Chancellor of Cambridge University, on interpretation of Statute B, not purely a legal case, so counsel's opinion probably not needed

Dates: 24 Dec. 1882
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter to Porter from 7th Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, 15 May 1882

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8576/14
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Most of the letters are replies to appeals by Porter for contributions to a memorial to Henry Fawcett and the cost of portraits of the seventh Duke of Devonshire, J.B. Lightfoot and B.F. Westcott; or replies to his invitations to a dinner in honour of recipients of honorary degrees (1883), and the celebration of the six hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Peterhouse (1884); or concern an address of support from members of Senate to the Liberal Unionist leadership (1887).

Dates: 15 May 1882
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter to Porter from 7th Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth, 7 Dec. 1886

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8576/39
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Most of the letters are replies to appeals by Porter for contributions to a memorial to Henry Fawcett and the cost of portraits of the seventh Duke of Devonshire, J.B. Lightfoot and B.F. Westcott; or replies to his invitations to a dinner in honour of recipients of honorary degrees (1883), and the celebration of the six hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Peterhouse (1884); or concern an address of support from members of Senate to the Liberal Unionist leadership (1887).

Dates: 7 Dec. 1886
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

Letter to Porter from 7th Duke of Devonshire, Holker Hall, 14 Feb. 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8576/58
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Most of the letters are replies to appeals by Porter for contributions to a memorial to Henry Fawcett and the cost of portraits of the seventh Duke of Devonshire, J.B. Lightfoot and B.F. Westcott; or replies to his invitations to a dinner in honour of recipients of honorary degrees (1883), and the celebration of the six hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Peterhouse (1884); or concern an address of support from members of Senate to the Liberal Unionist leadership (1887).

Dates: 14 Feb. 1890
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter to William Otter, Bishop of Chichester, 1838

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10039/7/9
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Correspondence on diocesan and Church matters, with Julius Hare, Henry Manning and others

Dates: 1838
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire: Letter to Messrs. Metcalfe, 1884

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4251/362
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.

Dates: 1884
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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