Sub-series GTN 5/9 - Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield (1781-1835)

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GTN 5/9


Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield (1781-1835)


  • 1774-1835 (Creation)

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8 boxes

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Born on 10 November 1781, in Albemarle Street, London.
Second son of Harbord Harbord, first Baron Suffield, and his wife, Mary, daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Assheton, bt, of Middleton, Lancashire. Edward Harbord was born on 10 November 1781. He married Georgiana, daughter and co-heiress of George, second Lord Vernon, on 19 September 1809. She died on 30 September 1824. On 12 September 1826, Edward Harbord married Emily Harriott, youngest daughter of Evelyn Shipley, of Ettington Park, Warwickshire, and Longh Fea Castle, county Monaghan.
Edward Harbord was MP for Great Yarmouth (1806-12) and Shaftesbury (1820-1). He campaigned for better conditions in prisons, the abolition of slavery and the relaxation of game laws. Established Norfolk County Cricket Club.
He died on 6 July 1835, as a result of a fall on a horse.

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Arranged chronologically. Original order maintained within bundles. Bundles which have a note in the arrangement field were described in detail by a volunteer. She described the bundles as follows:

Bundles which were originally tied with pink tape have been labelled 'Arranged by Richard Mackenzie Bacon', and the remainder - 'Re-constituted by a Norfolk Record Office archivist'. It is highly likely that Suffield's close friend and biographer, Richard Mackenzie Bacon (also editor of 'Norwich Mercury' from 1816 to 1844), was responsible for the initial sorting and arranging into the 'Arranged by Richard Mackenzie Bacon' in c 1837, for the purposes of his biography. His own 'calendars' and notes are enclosed within some. Those marked as 'Re-constituted by a Norfolk Record Office archivist' were re-constituted by a Norfolk Record Office archivist between 1981 and 1994 from loose assorted documents found in association with the 'original' bundles when the Gunton Hall estate office was cleared.

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Chronological order is the basis of arrangement. Within each bundle, the earliest dated document determines that bundle's location in the sequence and the bundle headnotes indicate their full date-spans to the nearest month.

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A. General rule - documents are arranged , and their corresponding entries listed according to the following criteria:

1. Date order - fully dated documents are given priority over incompletely dated ones, the latter being filed at the end of the sequence for the relevant year.
2. Sender - all documents emanating from any one sender are listed chronologically under that sender, with entries separated by a semi-colon. Each sender's entries are separated from those of the next by a colon.

B. Exceptions

1. Enclosures - any enclosed document/s (of whatever date) is/are filed with their respective covering letter (whose date determines position in the sequence), and so listed.
2. Sub-bundles (documents folded together) are kept in this original physical unit but re-arranged chronologically and so listed.
3. Extensive files of on-going interacting correspondence relating to an identifiable subject - entries are grouped under a headnote giving senders' and recipients' names and date spans, listed chronologically and not collated under sender.
4. Undated letters and miscellaneous documents are filed under the category 'also including:-'


Each document entry is given a full date (if ascertainable) at the end of its abstract, and all enclosures are dated separately. Speculative dates are put in square brackets - [ ]. If a bundle contains documents from a relatively short time span, only the day and month are given for an entry, and inclusive years are put in bold, provided that large collocations under any one sender are not present: if so, to avoid confusion, full dates are given for each entry. Dates are derived from the following sources: 1) document itself; 2) Suffield's own dating denoting date of receipt and/or his reply; 3) postmarks; 4) watemarks (for year - indicating earliest possible date); 5) R.M. Bacon's biography; 6) relative order within a bundle; 7) external reference sources.

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Richard Mackenzie Bacon - 'A memoir of the life of Edward, third Baron Suffield''. Published privately in 1838, indexed and dated by page, Bacon's work is largely based on this collection. He was given access to the papers c 1837 [see 'PPETLS/5/ (GTN/3/ /5/ /)]. He utilised many documents (mainly letters), reproducing them both in full or in part, and making reference to their informational content,and some bear evidence of his careful scrutiny and censoring. Those used are indicated thus: [Bacon p.]. This biography has been used in several secondary sources.

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Created 11/12/2006 by Droip. Modified 08/08/2019 by Droip.


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