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British History in the Rubenstein Library: Reformers


William Wilberforce Letters 1782-1837
Mostly letters (1814-1815) by Wilberforce, relating to his activities in the anti-slave trade and abolition movements, with references to English politics, Catholicism, and personal affairs.

William Smith papers, 1785-1860
Member of Parliament.  Correspondence, relating mainly to the abolition of slavery in the West Indies. Letters of William Wilberforce (24 items) discuss personal affairs, politics, abolition, and other matters. Letters from Thomas Clarkson discuss the antislavery movement.

Charles Gilpin Correspondence, 1832-1875
Publisher and member of the House of Commons.  Letters addressed to Gilpin, many from prominent mid-19th century reformers, concerning social and political subjects, including capital punishment, Hungarian exiles, parliamentary elections, foreign relations, prisons, Poor laws, and the abolition of slavery.

G.J. Holyoake Papers, 1873-1931
Mostly letters from Holyoake to William H. Duignan, illustrating his career as a reformer. Includes information on the movement to improve workingmen's conditions, Irish reform, Holyoake's journey to the U.S. (1882), his religious views, and home rule for England and Ireland.

Frederick William Chesson Papers, 1858-1905
British journalist, author, and secretary of the Aborigines Protection Society (1863-1888); from London, England.   Papers representing the efforts of Chesson and his associates to aid native peoples in Europe, Asia, and Africa by influencing British foreign and colonial policy.

Lord Noel-Buxton Papers, 1873-1951

Member of Parliament.   Family correspondence and other papers reflecting Noel-Buxton's social and political interests. Topics include British politics since 1900, Balkan affairs (1907-1913), World War I, temperance, and miscellaneous social, political and religious matters.