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Letters on the slave trade and Sir Samuel Baker, 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/7

Scope and Contents

Letters to Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton from Sir Samuel Baker and Sir Roderick Murchison. There is a covering letter from Mrs M.C. Ponsonby, 8 February 1939, presenting the letters to the R.C.S., and the Librarian's reply, 9 February 1939. The folder also includes 'Royal Commonwealth Society library notes', no. 19 (July 1958), comprising the article 'Sir Samuel Baker and the slave trade', which transcribes the letters and comments on them.


  • Creation: 1870


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Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1837-1915), 3rd Baronet, was born on 26 January 1837, the eldest son of Sir Edward North Buxton, 2nd Baronet. He attended Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, and succeeded his father in 1858. He was the Liberal M.P. for King's Lynn, 1865-1868, and Governor of South Australia, 1895-1898. He died on 28 October 1915 at Cromer. Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-1893), traveller and sportsman, explored the Nile region, 1862-1865, during which he named the lake Albert Nyanza. He was appointed Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile basin for four years in 1869. Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871), 1st Baronet, was a geologist.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 42

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 81-82.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs M.C. Ponsonby, daughter of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1938.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes other material relating to Sir Samuel Baker, RCMS 113/6, 113/8 and 113/11.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Sir Thomas Buxton in H.W.C. Davis and J.R.H. Weaver, eds, 'Dictionary of national biography', 1912-1921 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 81-82, and the entry on Sir Samuel Baker in Sidney Lee, ed., 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. XXII (London, 1909), pp. 101-105.


Buxton, Sir, Thomas Fowell, 1837-1915, 3rd Baronet, MP, Governor of South Australia

Finding aid date

2004-01-16 12:23:03+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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