THE 19TH CENTURY
In this section of the archives you will find a wide variety of documents, including indentures, letters, magazines and newspapers. The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in printed materials, driven forward by technological changes such as the steam-powered printing press and a reduction in the price of paper. It was also a time when those that could write put a great deal of time and effort into their correspondence, leaving the historian with a wealth of materials from which to draw.
Act of Parliament of King George III dated 28th February 1803. This Act sought to “…amend and continue, until the expiration of Six Weeks after the Commencement of the next Session of Parliament, the restrictions contained in several Acts of the Thiry-Seventh and Thirty-Eighth Years of the Reign of His Present Majesty.”
Act of Parliament of George III dated 11th April 1816. The Act was “for empowering the Govenor and Company of the Bank of England, to advance the Sum of Six Millions, towards the Supply for the Service of the Year 1816”.
Act of King George III dated April 6th, 1819. The Act sought to “…restrain the Govenor and Company of the Bank of England from Making Payments in Cash under Certain Notices given by them for that purpose.
Memorandum of Agreement, 1808. This three page document outlines an agreement between a William Bower, of Wilmslow Parish in Chester County, and Samuel Braddock of Manchester, for the “Publick House commonly called or known by the name of Castle Grove Inn”.
Document Related to the Clipper Ship, Sea Witch. The Sea Witch was a ship built in New York in 1846. It was built for the China Tea trade and was the first clipper ship to go round cape Horn to California in less than 100 days. It sank off of Cuba in 1856. JFK had a model of the ship in the oval office, there model now residing in the JFK Library and Museum.
Collection of Early 19th Century Letters Related to the Booth Family. Several of the Letters were sent from Dublin, and relate to legal and financial matters of the Booth family. Several letters make reference to Sir Robert Gore Booth, a controversial figure in early 19th century Irish history.
Collection of Victorian Letters to an Arthur Grubbe, 1870s-1880s. Part of a much larger collection of letters, the ones chosen revolve around sports and socialising, including Cricket, Fishing, Hunting, Tennis and more.
Collection of Letters to an Arthur Grubbe, 1870s-80s. This is part of a collection of over 250 letters. Those chosen are focussed around sports and other social activities, including tennis, cricket, fishing and hunting. Although a small collection they give great insights into the social activities of the Victorian elite.
Letter by Seaman Benjamin Tracey aboard the H.M.S. Trafalgar at Lisbon, 1847. A very interesting letter from the sailor to his aunt, where he describes recovering from some injuries and finding strength in his faith.