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Bangor University
Nassau William Senior Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS NWS

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Nassau William Senior Papers

Short Title: Nassau William Senior Papers

Creation date(s): 1830-1864

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 31 items

Name of creator(s): Nassau William Senior and family


Administrative/Biographical history: Nassau William Senior (1790-1864), economist, was born at Compton Beauchamp, Berkshire, educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford from where he graduated in 1812. In 1819 he was called to the Bar and became one of the leading Classical economists of the period. He was a major contributor to economic theory and a proponent of laissez-faire. In 1825 he became the first Drummond professor of political economy at Oxford, holding the post till 1830 and again between 1847 and 1862. He was most influential in nineteenth century political affairs and an active participant in Whig politics; he was one of the commissioners responsible for the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.
He is also known for journals he kept of visits to Europe and Africa, containing details of conversations with various people, including those of note in political and literary circles, whom he met on his travels. Many of these were published posthumously.


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises: copies of journals kept by Nassau William Senior recording his visits to France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Algeria and Egypt between 1850 and 1862; correspondence, 1830-1863: Letters to Nassau William Senior from Richard Whately (Drummond Professor of Political Economy in the University of Oxford 1829-1831, and Archbishop of Dublin, 1831-1863), Lord Melbourne, Lord John Russell and others. Also contains letters from Nassau Senior to Archbishop Whatley, the Marquis of Landsdowne, Compte de Tocqueville and others. Among topics discussed or referred to are the property tax, the abolition of transportation, the state of the Irish poor and Irish affairs generally, the evils of the labour rate system, the national education system, the Corn Law question, the amendment of the Poor Law and the American Civil War; extracts from her grandfathers's letters, by Mrs J. St. Loe Strachey (Nassau Senior's granddaughter); extracts by Mrs Strachey from the diaries of Mrs Mary Charlotte Senior, wife of Nassau William Senior.


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System of arrangement: Material is arranged according to type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 24631-24660, 26649


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Mrs J. St. Loe Strachey of Plas Brondanw, Llanfrothen, Merioneth, granddaughter of Nassau Senior, presented copies of the journals and other items to the Library, University of Wales, Bangor.



Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Corn laws (Great Britain) | 19th century
Diaries | 19th century
Economists | Great Britain | 19th century
Education | Great Britain | 19th century
Ireland | 19th century
Penal colonies | 19th century
Poor laws | 19th century
Poor | Ireland | 19th century
Property tax | Great Britain | 19th century
Punishment | Great Britain | 19th century
Travelers | Algeria | 19th century
Travelers | Austria | 19th century
Travelers | Egypt | 19th century
Travelers | France | 19th century
Travelers | Germany | 19th century
Travelers | Greece | 19th century
Travelers | Ireland | 19th century
Travelers | Italy | 19th century
Wages | Great Britain | 19th century

Personal names
Senior , Nassau William , 1790-1864

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