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William, Lord Conway of Allington and family: Letters and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7676

Scope and Contents

The collection contains around 4,300 letters, of which the majority are between Martin Conway and his relatives, principally his parents William and Elizabeth Conway; his first wife Katrina, and her mother and stepfather, Abigail and Manton Marble; and his daughter Agnes and her husband George Horsfield. Of correspondents outside the family, only letters to and from Henry Bradshaw and Karl Pearson (the latter nearly all typed copies) survive in any great numbers. The collection also includes an almost complete series of diaries covering the adult life of Martin Conway, as well as the diaries of William Conway and Agnes. There are also miscellaneous papers, which have been only roughly sorted, and relate mainly to Martin Conway.


  • Creation: 1822-1950


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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


1 collection (31 boxes including 1 volume)

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Other Finding Aids

A handlist of the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Miss Joan Evans, executor of Agnes Horsfield, July 1966.


The papers form the basis of Joan Evans's book The Conways: A History of Three Generations (London, 1966).
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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