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Howe family of Woodbridge, Suffolk: Miscellaneous papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8278

Scope and Contents

The primary interest of this small collection lies in the connection of the Howe family with Edward Fitzgerald. During the decade before his death in June 1883, Fitzgerald lived at Little Grange outside Woodbridge, employing as housekeepers John Howe, a retired sailor (whom he had known since 1862), and his wife Mary Ann(e). The following documents concern this couple, their sons George Adams Howe and John Amos Howe, and Grace Howe, daughter of John Amos.

The Howe family of Woodbridge, Suffolk, were shipowners. Members of the family featured in the collection include Grace Maud Howe, housekeeper for Edward FitzGerald at Little Grange; John Amos Howe (b. 1840), mariner, and his wife Mary Ann, ne Lion or Lyon (b. 1842), whom he married on 29 December 1862; and Captain George Howe, who was engaged in shipping.


  • Creation: 16 Aug. 1840-25 Apr. 1959 (19th century to 20th century)


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 (


29 item(s) (29 items)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were bought by Cambridge University Library in 1981 from R.W. & C.R. Lamb, booksellers of Lowestoft

Related Materials

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Edward FitzGerald, MSS.Add.2744/5, 4504, 4505, 4507, 4510, 7062 and 7749-7756.

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Repository Details

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