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Letter concerning the petition for the Royal Charter of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1832-05-21

Reference Code: GBR/0279/CPS 1/2/1a

Scope and Contents

File contains the following:
Unsigned letter [presumed to be in the hand of Adam Sedgwick] to the Privy Council / Prince William Frederick (1776-1834, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1811 until his death and Patron of the Society), explaining the grounds on which the Society has resolved to petition for a charter of incorporation, namely respectability, influence, securing permanency, and the need to obtain adequate premises;
Transcript of the letter, compiled 2016;
Photocopies of samples of the handwriting of the letter and of samples of the handwriting of Adam Sedgwick from the Sedgwick archive held at the University Library, set side by side for comparison.
[NB: the opinion of three palaeographers was sought: all are agreed that the handwriting of the letter is almost certainly that of Adam Sedgwick.]


  • Creation: 1832-05-21


1 file(s) : paper

Language of Materials



Sedgwick, Adam

Finding aid date

2016-12-07 20:02:46+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Philosophical Society Repository

CPS Archivist, Joan Bullock-Anderson
c/o Sedgwick Museum Archives, A G Brighton Building
Madingley Rise
Cambridge CB3 0UD