File GTN 5/9/80 - Letters to and from Lord Suffield (including draft replies)

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GTN 5/9/80


Letters to and from Lord Suffield (including draft replies)


  • Dec 1832-Nov 1833 (Creation)

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Civil lawyer. MP for Yarmouth; 1806-1808. All Souls, Oxford and Doctors Commons.

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Dawson Turner (1775-1858), banker, botanist, and antiquary, was born in Great Yarmouth, the son of James Turner, merchant and banker, and his wife, Elizabeth Cotman. He was educated at North Walsham Grammar School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, but left before taking his degree to join Gurney and Turner's Bank in Yarmouth. In 1794, he married Mary Palgrave of Yarmouth and Coltishall, Norfolk, with whom he had eleven children, of whom six daughters and two sons survived infancy. The key elements in his subsequent life were banking, family, and a studious disposition. His main passions were for botany and, later, for painting and antiquarian studies. He became an avid collector of literary and scientific books and manuscripts, as well as being an author of many works on antiquities and botany, especially cryptogamic plants. Throughout his life, he corresponded with many of the great botanists, antiquaries and artists of the day.

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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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From: Henry Frederick Stephenson (Secretary-Duke of Sussex) re Duke's inability to attend dinner for T.W. Coke. 31 Dec: 1832: Thomas Pringle (Secretary - Anti-Slavery Society, London) re Society committee meeting, Harbord's speech, South African hottentots, gratitude to Suffield, mentions W.G. Stephens, Zachary Macaulay, Commons report. 1 Jan [Bacon p. 418]: Eleanor, Duchess of Westminster (Eaton Hall) re Harbord's speech, approval, comment on black seal. 2 Jan [Bacon pp. 417-8]: J. Brotherton (Salford) re [Peter] Clare and W.G.Stephens and 'Oldham proceedings' [on slavery], approves Harbord's speech, gratitude to Suffield re reform, suspension of franking. 4 Jan [Bacon p. 418]: S. Lushington re approval of Harbord, mentions [T.F.] Buxton, contemporary events, Ireland. 19 Jan [Bacon p. 419]: Copy of statement by Anne Everett [Wymondham Quaker] re refusal by visiting magistrates to grant Ladies Committee (incl. Elizabeth Fry) permission to visit women prisoners in Wymondham Bridewell to instruct them, prisoners' activities, comparison with situation at Norwich Castle prison vis à vis Chaplain, wants to check supervision of prisoners. 26 Feb [Bacon p. 445]: Suffield to Lord Wodehouse re Everett's statement with which Suffield agrees. 4 April [Bacon p. 446]: Elizabeth Fry [The Cedars, Upton Lane, West Ham, Essex] re her disappointment at magistrates' decision since ladies allowed to visit convict ships. 9 April [Bacon pp. 446-7]: W. Edward Buckton (Hull) re oppression in Poland [Bacon pp. 443-5]: Suffield's reply (Vernon House) re Marquess of Westminster's agreement to present petition, writer's opinion on Polish situation [Bacon p. 444]: Buckton re Suffield's presentation of petition [Bacon pp. 444-5]: March-July: T. Binney [Kennington Common, Surrey] re enclosed petition (not encl.) on religious aspects of slavery. April [Bacon pp. 421-2]: Lord Dacre (The Hoo) re writer's confidence in Suffield [Bacon p. 448]; reforms to date, [slavery?], Factory Acts, tithes, Poor Law: July-Aug: Lord Auckland [3rd Lord] (Greenwich, Kent) re enclosure (not encl.), Factory Act and refusal to implement amendments requested by Suffield and Brotherton. 30 Aug: John Wood (Labourers' Friend Society) re wish to name Suffield as Vice President, Gunton Park allotment system. 18 Sept [Bacon p. 449]: Suffield to Dawson Turner declining offer to be President of Norfolk and Norwich Museum Society due to ill health and lack of time. 16 Nov: Samuel Shergold (Brighton, E. Sussex) requesting help in getting job, old Etonian and cause of Sheffield's broken arm at Eton, family circumstances. 16 Nov [Bacon pp. 13-14]: John Toone (Salisbury) re slavery, amendments to Bill. 1833.

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