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Correspondence and related papers concerning the Norfolk and Norwich Library

Contains correspondence and papers relating to the Norfolk and Norwich Library Committee of which George Clayton Eaton was a committee member for many years and was serving as Vice-President of the committee at the time of his death. Includes annual reports sent to George Clayton Eaton, 1888-1891, 1900-1901; and correspondence and minutes of a meeting of the Free Library Committee, 10 Dec 1895.

Letter from Thomas Cook of Oulton

Containing estate reports and summary accounts, with details of a steam engine installed to drive the threshing machine stated in a note by E.A.E. Bulwer to be the first in the County, and inc. list of horses giving names, and refs. to works to Library at Heydon.

Letters to and from Lord Suffield (including draft reply)

From: The High Sheriff [Sir Edmund Bacon?] re Hundred Meeting held at Cromer and resolution signed by Suffield regarding writer's alleged 'mismanagement' of County Meeting, writer's own version, regret that county Meeting not supported, opinion of Archdeacon Bathurst on Hundred Meetings, refutes Suffield's criticisms, uproar at meeting at St. Andrew's Hall-petition carried, considers it much easier for Suffield to control a Hundred Meeting, criticizes Suffield's remarks that Norfolk property of no value as tenants unable to pay rent, so spreading theory of 'provincial if not national bankruptcy', thinks Suffield inconsistent as criticises Cobbett on same grounds. 27 Jan: Revd Theophilus Girdlestone (Baconsthorpe, Norfolk) re enclosed received from John Gay of Rainthorpe [Rainthorpe Hall, Tasburgh], found amongst Gay's father's papers. (25 April 1823) and enclosing will of Robert Harbord [Suffield's uncle] (14 April 1770), itemising bequests to family members and others incl. Sir George Chad: enclosed together:- 1) H. Fleming (London) requesting permission to 'adopt' Suffield's title as a 'frank' for new publication, (former Yarmouth elector) and 2) Suffield's reply allowing conditional use of his name in case he disagrees with content, setting out conditions on this, especially publication advocation of parliamentary reform: 3) Fleming re 'Weekly Express' and 'Bell's Weekly Messenger' and enclosing 1st number of 'Weekly Express' (14 May), a 'liberal' newspaper: April-May: 1823: John Nussey (London) expressing sympathy on Lady Suffield's death. 20 Sep 1824: George C. Vernon (at Hebburn Hall, Gateshead, N. Durham) re guardianship of children, son George's marriage [to Isabella Caroline Ellison, daughter of Cuthbert Ellison MP (Hebburn)], sentencing of criminals. 2 Nov: Revd Dixon Hoste (Tittleshall, Rougham, Norfolk) re writer's disapproval of men from Dereham Parish who applied for relief to Suffield, considers each magistrate should mind own district. 13 Nov [Bacon pp. 218-9]: 1824: Charles Tennyson [later Tennyson d'Eyncourt] MP [Park Street?] re Spring Guns Bill. 30 June; re Suffield's letter, failure of Bill in Commons, writer's opposition to Bill 'as it stood'. 30 June: John Wilks (London) expressing gratitude for Suffield's support for Equitable Loan Bank Company (enclosing board meeting account), for Bill to help company and for Suffield's overall parliamentary record: June: W. Hase (Saxthorpe) re financial losses, decision to do no further work for Suffield, i.e. - Vernon House veranda (20 Sept. 1825) and Suffield's reply (at Cromer) re Hase's breaking of contract on labour agreement. 22 Sept: Samuel Bamford (Middleton) re evaluation of books in Mechanics' Institute library. 20 Dec: 1825: also including:- Bacon's notes marked 'no.9 schedule 1823 to 1825'.

Marked 'used'.

Henry Bathurst; 1744-1837; clergyman and Bishop of Norwich

Norwich Libraries Committee papers

Papers, mainly collected and created by Tom Eaton during the course of his work with Norwich Libraries Committee. Includes copies of minutes and reports, and correspondence files with related papers.

Opening of new public library

Includes correspondence, list of those invited to, and their responses, the opening ceremony, draft programmes, the seating plan for the Mayor's Luncheon, list of those who attended the laying of the foundation stone in 1904, the guest list and menu for a banquet in 1905, draft invitations to the stone laying,

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