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Lewis, George Cornewall, 1852 election, Herefordshire, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GEOWIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: George Cornewall Lewis, 1852 Herefordshire Election, Papers

Short Title: Lewis, George Cornewall, 1852 election, Herefordshire, papers

Creation date(s): 1844-1859

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.072 cubic metres (8 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Sir George Cornewall Lewis


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir George Cornewall Lewis (1806-1863), politician and author, was born in London, the elder son of Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis of Harpton Court, Radnorshire. He acted on various Government commissions of enquiry, such as the inquiry into the condition of the poorer classes in Ireland, the commission to examine the state of Irish education and the commission to inquire into the troubled state of Malta. In 1838 he became a poor-law commissioner, following his father's resignation from the position. He married Lady Maria Theresa Lister in 1844. In 1847, he entered Parliament as Liberal M.P. for Herefordshire. The General Election of July 1852 saw him lose his seat. He became editor of the Edinburgh Review, 1852-1855. On his father's death, he succeeded him as the M.P. for Radnor boroughs, and became Chancellor of the Exchequer in Viscount Palmerston's first administration (1855-1858), and later Home Secretary and Secretary for War in Palmerston's second administration (1859-1865). He died in 1863.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating mainly to the candidature of Sir George Cornewall Lewis for the Herefordshire constituency in the general election, 1852, including: correspondence, [1852]-[1854]; canvassing lists, 1852; electoral registers, 1851; lists of voters, polling lists and election bills, [c. 1852]; miscellaneous election papers, [1847]-[1852]; and miscellaneous, 1844-[1859].


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; canvassing lists; electoral registers, lists of voters and polling lists; election bills, receipts and expense accounts; miscellaneous election papers; and miscellanea.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1992, pp.89-93, at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased at Sotheby's auction, lot 408, 18 July 1991.


Related material: Further papers are in NLW, Harpton Court Estate Archives.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1992; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online, viewed 7 December 2005.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Canvassing | England | Herefordshire
Elections | England | Herefordshire
Electoral rolls | England | Herefordshire
Great Britain. | Parliament | Elections, 1852
Political campaigns | England | Herefordshire

Personal names
Lewis , George Cornewall , 1806-1863

Corporate names

Herefordshire (England)

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