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Copy of a letter written by Frere in support of a Nicholas Lane, aged 17, who was to be transported abroad for robbery, 1835-04-01 - 1845

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/FRE/1b/7

Scope and Contents

Frere makes a plea on behalf of Lane that his sentence to several years' transportation should be commuted. It is unclear what the connection between Frere and Lane was. The letter refers to Lane's training as a cooper, but there is no apparent connection with Downing College. Also includes a copy of a newspaper advert placed by Downing College, reading 'If Mr Nicholas Lane, who, in 1845, addressed a letter to the lady of the Master of Downing College, Cambridge, will call on the undersigned, he will hear of something to his advantage'. With accompanying accessions correspondence.


  • Creation: 1835-04-01 - 1845


Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

J. Lane.

Existence and Location of Originals

Retained by Justin Lane.


No evidence he was employed at Downing.


Frere, William (1775-1836) Master of Downing College

Finding aid date

2017-02-15 17:29:43+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

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