Catalogue of the papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865) and the Grey family, 17th -20th century

University of Oxford, Bodleian Library

2001

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence and papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey, 1824-65
    A.1  Correspondence, 1824-64
        A.1.1  General correspondence, 1825-64
        A.1.2  Family correspondence, 1824-50
    A.2  Papers, 1829-65
        A.2.1  Commissions and instructions, 1830-52
        A.2.2  Papers relating to India, 1829-33
        A.2.3  Papers relating to Sir Charles's career, 1806-53
        A.2.4  Personal papers, 1789-1865
B    Correspondence and papers of other members of the Grey family, 1691-1934
    B.1  Family correspondence, 1691-1788
    B.2  Correspondence and papers of George Francis Grey, brother of Sir Charles, and Elizabeth, Lady Grey, wife of Sir Charles, 1820-55
        B.2.1  Correspondence, 1820-55
        B.2.2  Other papers of George Francis Grey, 1841-54
    B.3  Correspondence and papers of the Holroyd family, 1827-79
        B.3.1   Lucy Holroyd and her daughter Lucy Grey, wife of Edward Grey, 1827-79
            B.3.1.a  Correspondence and papers, 1839-71
            B.3.1.b  Other papers of Lucy Holroyd, née Franks, 1827-79
        B.3.2   Elizabeth Grey, née Holroyd, wife of Jervoise John Grey, 1851-7
    B.4  Papers of Edward Grey, son of Sir Charles, and his son Ralph Henry Grey, c.1852-1934
        B.4.1  Correspondence and papers, 1868-1934
        B.4.2  Journals, c.1852-94
    B.5  Journals of Sir Charles's other children, 1860-82
        B.5.1  Journals of Donna Maria Louisa Grey, 1860-74
        B.5.2  Other Journals, 1873-82
    B.6  Administration, legal and other papers, 1842-1917
C    Miscellaneous papers, 1658-1934


Papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865) and the Grey family, 1642-1934

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865), Indian judge and colonial governor, with correspondence and papers of other members of the Grey family, 17th-20th century.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6796-818, d. 3377-84, e. 3303-22

Extent: 51 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Charles Edward Grey (1785-1865), Indian judge and colonial governor - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The papers of Sir Charles Grey (Section A) contain a long series of general correspondence; some papers relating to Sir Charles's career as a colonial governor and Indian judge; a few personal papers and some family correspondence of Sir Charles.

Section B contains the papers of various members of the Grey family from different generations. The papers of Sir Charles's children make up a large part of this section. The remainder of the papers (Section C) are miscellaneous.

Several items found within the collection and preserved separately are: a decorative leather visiting card wallet, n.d. (Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects 745); a lock of hair of George Sowley Holroyd, 1870 (Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects 746). Two printed items from the collection have been transfered to Rare Books: Inscriptions from the Waady El Muketteb, (London, 1832) Bodleian reference Vet. A6 c. 109 and A treatise on the cultivation and manufacture of the tobacco plant, (Montego-Bay, Jamaica, 1779) Bodleian reference Vet. KK5 d. 4. Four photographs of unidentified people are MS. Photogr. c. 128, fols. 23-6.

Custodial History

Mrs. B.D. Rennison, a great-grandaughter of Sir Charles, owned the papers and in 1973 asked Surrey Record Office for advice about finding a permanent home for them. This was not decided until 1985 when a list of the papers was prepared by a member of staff from the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. It was agreed that the Bodleian Library should be approached as a suitable repository because of Sir Charles Grey's connection with the University (as a fellow of Oriel College).

Acquisition

Given by Mrs. B.D. Rennison, 1986.

Preferred Form of Citation

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 6796, fols. 1-2].


A   Correspondence and papers of Sir Charles Edward Grey, 1824-65

A.1   Correspondence, 1824-64

A.1.1   General correspondence, 1825-64

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6796-804


Scope and Content:

The correspondence includes many letters of introduction and dinner invitations (correspondents not indexed)

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Acheson - Butler
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6796
Extent: 123 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-3) Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford, 1836
  • (fols. 12-13) William Amherst, Earl Amherst, 1835
  • (fols. 23-34) Sir Francis Austen, 1847-8
  • (fols. 35-6) Sir Francis Baring, later Baron Northbrook, 1849
  • (fols. 37-8) Sir Henry Barkly, 1850
  • (fols. 39-40) Sir Andrew Barnard, 1837
  • (fols. 46-100) Lord William Bentinck, 1828-37
  • (fols. 103-11) William Brougham, later 2nd Baron Brougham and Vaux, 1827
  • (fols. 112-15) James Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin, 1842-4

Campbell - Freer
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6797
Extent: 141 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 5-8) letter from Sir Francis Chantrey to Charles Wynn, 1837
  • (fols. 17-41) Edward Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff, 1834-42
  • (fols. 44-9) Thomas Courtenay, 1829
  • (fols. 54-68) Sir Charles Darling, 1844-50, n.d.
  • (fols. 91-120) Charles Ellis, 6th Baron Howard de Walden, 1847-50, n.d
  • (fols. 127-8) Sir Charles Fitzroy, 1842
  • (fols. 129-39) Sir John Franks, 1829-47

Gersdorff - Grey
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6798
Extent: 100 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 23-58) Charles Grant, Baron Glenelg, 1835-50, n.d.
  • (fols. 59-94) Sir George Grey, 1835-54, n.d.
  • (fols. 95-100) Sir John Grey, 1842-51, n.d.

Henry Grey, 3rd Earl Grey, 1833-64, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6799
Extent: 89 leaves

Harris - Lushington
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6800
Extent: 120 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-5) George Harris, 1850-1
  • (fols. 20-1) Sir Francis Head, 1836
  • (fols. 22-57) Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, 1825-6
  • (fols. 64-73) John Hobhouse, Baron Broughton, 1835-40
  • (fols. 100-3) William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, 1834-8
  • (fols. 106-13) Edward Law, Earl of Ellenborough, 1830-5

Macaulay - Percy
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6801
Extent: 85 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-20) Thomas Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, 1833
  • (fols. 23-4) Sir William Macnaghten, 1836
  • (fols. 27-35) Fox Maule, later 11th Earl of Dalhousie, 1840-51
  • (fols. 39-48) Robert Montgomery Martin, 1835-51
  • (fols. 51-4) John Murray, 1838
  • (fols. 65-70) Sir James Parke, later Baron Wensleydale, 1833-9
  • (fols. 71-82) Thomas Parry, Bishop of Barbados, 1842-6

Petty-Fitzmaurice - Ryan
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6802
Extent: 117 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-40) Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne, 1834-47, n.d.
  • (fols. 44-8) Constantine Phipps, 1st Marquis of Normanby, 1848
  • (fols. 76-107) Lord John Russell, 1838-41, n.d.
  • (fols. 108-17) Sir Edward Ryan, 1828-32

Sandys - Stuart-Wortley
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6803
Extent: 109 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 10-26) Sir Robert Schomburgk, 1846-50
  • (fols. 27-36) Sir George Francis Seymour, 1851-64
  • (fols. 43-9) Lord Fitzroy Somerset, 1844-9
  • (fols. 50-67) Aubrey Spencer, Bishop of Jamaica, 1848-54
  • (fols. 68-84) Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley, 1838-40
  • (fols. 96-109) John Stuart-Wortley, 2nd Baron Wharncliffe, 1852

Taylor - Wodehouse
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6804
Extent: 53 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-2) Sir Herbert Taylor, 1837
  • (fols. 3-9) Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, 1839-40
  • (fols. 12-13) Sir Nicholas Tindal, 1838
  • (fols. 40-4) Sir Edward West, 1826
  • (fols. 47-51) Sir Phillip Wodehouse, 1851-2

A.1.2   Family correspondence, 1824-50

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6805


Letters to Sir Charles, with some letters from him, 1824-50, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6805
Extent: 87 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including letters from

  • (fols. 1-20) Elizabeth, Lady Grey, 1824-32
  • (fols. 21-65) Sir Charles's children, 1830-44, n.d.

A.2   Papers, 1829-65

A.2.1   Commissions and instructions, 1830-52

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6806, d. 3377-9


Commission to the post of chief justice in the supreme court of Bengal, 1830
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3377
Extent: 1 item with seal attached (1 membrane)

Commission to the post of Governor of the Windward Islands, 1841
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3378
Extent: 1 item with detached seal (6 membranes)

Commission to the post of Governor of Jamaica, 1846
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3379
Extent: 1 item with detached seal (4 membranes)

Instructions and letters patent, 1841-52
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6806
Extent: 75 leaves

Scope and Content:

Relating to

  • (fols. 1-3) Barbados, 1841, with (fol. 1) attached paper seal of the Admiralty
  • (fols. 4-51) Jamaica, 1846, with (fol. 4) attached paper seal of the Admiralty
  • (fols. 52-75 ) Bay Islands, 1852 (a small group of islands in the Caribbean contested intermittently by England, Spain and Honduras between 1650 and 1850)

A.2.2   Papers relating to India, 1829-33

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6807


Papers, 1829-33, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6807
Extent: 164 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including Sir Charles's comments on

  • (fols. 1-6) Indian affairs, n.d.
  • (fols. 7-80) the principles of Indian government, c.1831
  • (fols. 81-102) the Indian judicial system, n.d.
  • (fols. 150-6) Indian trade, 1833, n.d.

A.2.3   Papers relating to Sir Charles's career, 1806-53

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6808


Papers, 1806-53
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6808
Extent: 52 leaves

Scope and Content:

Relating to

  • (fols. 1-16) England, 1835-40
  • (fols. 17-39) Canada, 1836
  • (fols. 40-52) Jamaica, 1806-53, with (fol. 40) order to a surveyor from then governor, Sir Eyre Coote, 1806 and (fol. 42) verses on Jamaica by Sir Charles, 1852

A.2.4   Personal papers, 1789-1865

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6809-11


Papers, 1789-1864, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6809
Extent: 98 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-18) financial papers, 1789-1864
  • (fols. 19-71) papers relating to Sir Charles's visit to China in 1832, 1832-61, n.d., including (fols. 19-50) a journal of conversations in China, 1832, and (fols. 54-71) an essay giving Sir Charles's opinion on Chinese trade and politics, c.1861
  • (fols. 72-96) papers relating to property, 1833-51, n.d., with (fols. 74-89) papers relating to property owned by Sir Charles in Canada, 1835-7, and (fols. 90-2) property in Jamaica, c.1851

Papers, 1831-65, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6810
Extent: 86 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-19) papers relating to a periodical work proposed by Sir Charles, 1831, n.d., with notes on a range of topics including (fols. 16-17) 'The slave question', n.d.
  • (fols. 20-79) Sir Charles's research into the Grey family history and pedigree, 1834, n.d., with (fols. 77-8) designs for the family tomb, n.d.
  • (fols. 80-5) family papers, 1838-65, including (fol. 85) probate of will of Sir Charles, 1865

Papers, 1838-62, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6811
Extent: 137 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-37) journals and diaries, 1854-9
  • (fols. 38-83) Sir Charles's notes and workings on the quadrature of the circle, c.1860, later published as A preface to a demonstration of the quadrature of the circle (London, 1863)
  • (fols. 84-137) miscellaneous papers, 1838-62, n.d., including (fols. 84-9) Sir Charles's invitation to Queen Victoria's coronation, 1838

B   Correspondence and papers of other members of the Grey family, 1691-1934

B.1   Family correspondence, 1691-1788

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6812


Correspondence, 1691-1788, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6812
Extent: 81 leaves

Scope and Content:

Letters to

  • (fols. 1-31) Margaret Grey, 1691-9, n.d.
  • (fols. 32-8) William Grey, 1707-9
  • (fols. 39-75) Ralph William Grey, grandfather of Sir Charles, 1746-75, n.d.
  • (fols. 76-9) Ralph William Grey, father of Sir Charles, 1767-88

B.2   Correspondence and papers of George Francis Grey, brother of Sir Charles, and Elizabeth, Lady Grey, wife of Sir Charles, 1820-55

B.2.1   Correspondence, 1820-55

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6813


Correspondence, 1820-55, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6813
Extent: 76 leaves

Scope and Content:

Letters

  • (fols. 1-21) to and from George Francis Grey, 1820-55, with (fols. 11-21) miscellaneous papers, 1829-55, including (fols. 15-21) letters concerning his death in Italy, 1854-5
  • (fols. 22-76) to and from Elizabeth, Lady Grey, 1830-46, n.d.

B.2.2   Other papers of George Francis Grey, 1841-54

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. e. 3303-7


Journal, 1843
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3303
Extent: 64 leaves

Scope and Content:

Describes a journey through ' Istria and the Hungarian shore on foot'; related sketches and notes are MS. Eng. e. 3304, below


Sketch-book, 1843
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3304
Extent: 49 leaves

Scope and Content:

Sketches and notes relating to MS. Eng. e. 3303, above


Journal, Oct.1843-Mar. 1844
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3305
Extent: i + 48 leaves

Passport, 1841-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3306
Extent: 63 leaves, 41-63 blank

Passport, May 1853-June 1854
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3307
Extent: 41 leaves, 26-41 blank

B.3   Correspondence and papers of the Holroyd family, 1827-79

B.3.1    Lucy Holroyd and her daughter Lucy Grey, wife of Edward Grey, 1827-79

B.3.1.a   Correspondence and papers, 1839-71

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6814


Correspondence and papers, 1839-71, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6814
Extent: 230 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-67) Lucy Holroyd, 1839-70, n.d., including
    • (fols. 6-19) three copies, in two different hands, of a letter giving an account of the battle of Inkerman, Nov. 1854
    • (fols. 29-33) holograph notes for her will, n.d.
    • (fols. 34-67) papers relating to her son George Sowley Holroyd, 1860-70, including (fols. 40-67) correspondence relating to his death at sea, Sept.-Dec. 1870
  • (fols. 68-230) Lucy Grey, 1868-71, n.d. with (fols. 68-138) letters from her husband Edward, 1868, n.d.

B.3.1.b   Other papers of Lucy Holroyd, née Franks, 1827-79

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3380-1, e. 3308-10


Commonplace book, 1827-35
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3380
Extent: 169 leaves

Commonplace book, 1844-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3308
Extent: 43 leaves

Journal, 1845
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3309
Extent: 57 leaves

Recipe and remedy book, July 1863-Nov. 1879
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3310
Extent: 109 leaves

Marriage settlements, 1831, 1854
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3381
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content:
  • (item 1) marriage settlement of Lucy Franks and Henry Holroyd, Dec. 1831 (4 membranes)
  • (item 2) a copy of item 1, Dec. 1831 (3 membranes)
  • (item 3) marriage settlement of Catherine Holroyd, daughter of Lucy Holroyd, with Shipwith Henry Churchill Taylor, Dec. 1854 (3 membranes)

B.3.2    Elizabeth Grey, née Holroyd, wife of Jervoise John Grey, 1851-7

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3382, e. 3311-12


Journal, June-Oct. 1851
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3311
Extent: 128 leaves, 87-107 blank

Journal, Aug. 1853 (one entry), Aug.-Nov. 1854
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3382
Extent: 332 leaves, 38-332 blank

Scope and Content:

Jervoise John Grey took over the journal from his wife from the end of August to November 1854


Journal, May 1855-Dec. 1857
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3312
Extent: 82 leaves, 51-82 blank

B.4   Papers of Edward Grey, son of Sir Charles, and his son Ralph Henry Grey, c.1852-1934

B.4.1   Correspondence and papers, 1868-1934

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6815


Correspondence and papers, 1868-1934, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6815
Extent: 89 leaves

Scope and Content:

Letters

  • (fols. 1-41) to Edward Grey, 1868-1907, n.d.
  • (fols. 42-89) to and from Ralph Henry Grey, 1888-1934, n.d., including
    • (fols. 42-65) papers relating to his army career, 1888-1921
    • (fols. 76-89) correspondence with the College of Arms, 1934

B.4.2   Journals, c.1852-94

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. e. 3313-14


Journal of Edward Grey travelling from England to India, c.1852
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3313
Extent: 88 leaves, 63-88 blank

Journal of Ralph Henry Grey, c.1887-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3314
Extent: 139 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly transcripts of published articles, with some newspaper cuttings, relating to India

B.5   Journals of Sir Charles's other children, 1860-82

B.5.1   Journals of Donna Maria Louisa Grey, 1860-74

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3383, e. 3315-20


Journal, Jan.-Dec. 1860
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3315
Extent: 138 leaves

Journal, Jan.-Aug. 1861
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3316
Extent: 67 leaves

Journal, May 1863-Mar.1864
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3317
Extent: 90 leaves

Journal, Mar.-Nov. 1864
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3383
Extent: 46 leaves

Journal, Nov.1873-Feb. 1874
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3318
Extent: 59 leaves

Scope and Content:

Describing a cruise with her sister Victoria to Egypt and other places on the Mediterranean coast; see also MSS. Eng. d. 3384 and e. 3320, below


Journal, Apr.-Aug. 1874
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3319
Extent: 74 leaves, 38-71 blank

Water-colour sketch-book, c.1873-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3320
Extent: 31 leaves

Scope and Content:

Companion sketch-book to MSS. Eng. e. 3318-9, above

B.5.2   Other Journals, 1873-82

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. d. 3384, e. 3321


Journal of Victoria Mary Grey, Nov. 1873-Mar. 1874
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3384
Extent: 96 leaves

Scope and Content:

Describing a cruise with her sister Donna Maria Grey to Egypt and the Mediterranean coast; see also MSS. Eng. e. 3318 and e. 3320, above


Journal of Jervoise John Grey, Feb. 1875-Dec. 1882
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3321
Extent: 111 leaves, 18-109 blank

Scope and Content:

Transcripts of newspaper articles, book reviews and quotations

B.6   Administration, legal and other papers, 1842-1917

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6816-7


Papers, 1817-1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6816
Extent: 90 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-5) papers of Matthew Robert Grey, 1817-27
  • (fols. 6-10) papers of Charles William Grey, 1843-52
  • (fols. 11-15) papers of Jervoise John Grey, 1851-3
  • (fols. 16-40) baptism certificates of family members, 1822-75
  • (fols. 41-8) death certificates of family members, 1842-1919
  • (fols. 49-90) miscellaneous

Administrative papers relating to the deaths of family members, 1842-1919
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6817
Extent: 116 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-4) Mrs. Elizabeth Grey, mother of Sir Charles, 1842
  • (fol. 5) Anne Eliza Grey, daughter of Sir Charles, 1855
  • (fol. 6) Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Sir Charles, 1859
  • (fols. 7-13) Jervoise John Grey, son of Sir Charles, 1885
  • (fol. 14) Donna Maria Louisa Grey, daughter of Sir Charles, 1888
  • (fols. 15-56) Victoria Mary Grey, daughter of Sir Charles, 1907-17
  • (fols. 57-67) Edward Grey, son of Sir Charles, 1918
  • (fols. 68-116) Elizabeth Grey, wife of Jervoise, 1919

C   Miscellaneous papers, 1658-1934

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6818, e. 3322


Papers, 1658-1934, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6818
Extent: 141 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including

  • (fols. 1-34) newscuttings, 1658-c.1905, n.d.
  • (fols. 35-51) pamphlets, 1837-93
  • (fols. 54-65) miscellaneous correspondence, 1825-48, n.d.
  • (fols. 66-74) autographs, 1827-43, n.d.
  • (fols. 75-9) recipes, 1852, n.d.
  • (fols. 80-93) manuscript copy of the 'Journal of Colonel Croghan down the Ohio' in 1765, n.d.
  • (fols. 94-110) prose and poetry by unidentified authors, n.d.

Envelopes, 1786-1868, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3322
Extent: 67 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly addressed to Sir Charles, with the names of the senders, with (fols. 1-9) some to Grey family members, 1786-1868


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