Joseph Romilly: Diaries

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6804: Diary for 1820, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac. Attached at the beginning is a journal by Romilly of a tour in Holland and Belgium, September 1818, 89 folios.

MS.Add.6805: Diary for 1824, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 68 folios. There are various notes and accounts at pages ii-vii.

MS.Add.6806: Diary for 1826, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 98 folios. There are miscellaneous notes at pages 193-195.

MS.Add.6807: Diary of a tour in France and Italy with his brother Cuthbert, 22 July - 27 October 1826, 60 folios.

MS.Add.6808: Diary of a tour with his brother Cuthbert, 1 September - 19 October 1827, 78 folios. The verso is mainly blank.

MS.Add.6809: Diary for 1828, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 98 folios.

MS.Add.6810: Diary for 1829, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 98 folios.

MS.Add.6811: Diary for 1830, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 98 folios.

MS.Add.6812: Journal of a tour in France, 2 September - 18 October 1830, 91 folios. Pages iv, v, and 86-176 are blank, apart from a few scribbles.

MS.Add.6813: Diary for 1831, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 100 folios.

MS.Add.6814: Diary for 6-23 September 1831, 58 folios. Pages 50-115 are blank.

MS.Add.6815: Diary for 1832, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 100 folios.

MS.Add.6816: Diary for 1833, written on the blank spaces of a printed almanac, 108 folios. At fo. 26 is draft of a letter from Romilly to the mayor of Stamford, 13 February 1833.

MS.Add.6817: Diary for 1834, 33 folios. At fo. 1 is a list of contents.

MS.Add.6818: Diary for 1835-1836, 128 folios.

MS.Add.6819: Diary for 1837-1838, 138 folios.

MS.Add.6820: Diary for 1 January 1839 - 18 March 1841, 171 folios. There is a printed memorandum book at fos i-viii.

MS.Add.6821: Diary for 19 March 1841 - 31 December 1842, 154 folios. Pages 222-303 are blank.

MS.Add.6822: Diary for 1843, 72 folios.

MS.Add.6823: Diary for 1844-1845, 88 folios

MS.Add.6824: Diary for 1 January 1846 - 15 July 1847, 86 folios.

MS.Add.6825: Diary for 16 July 1847 - 6 June 1849, 137 folios.

MS.Add.6826: Diary for 6 June 1849 - 29 August 1850, 151 folios.

MS.Add.6827: Diary for 30 August 1850 - 20 July 1851, 147 folios.

MS.Add.6828/1: Diary for 21 July - 7 December 1851, 98 folios.

MS.Add.6828/2: Diary for 7 December 1851 - 17 July 1852, 154 folios.

MS.Add.6829: Diary for 18 July - 18 December 1852, 198 folios.

MS.Add.6830: Diary for 19 December 1852 - 30 May 1853, 152 folios.

MS.Add.6831: Diary for 31 May - 8 November 1853, 154 folios.

MS.Add.6832: Diary for 9 November 1853 - 11 April 1854, 184 folios.

MS.Add.6833: Diary for 12 April - 23 October 1854, 183 folios.

MS.Add.6834: Diary for 24 October 1854 - 27 May 1855, 185 folios.

MS.Add.6835: Diary for 28 May - 21 November 1855, 184 folios.

MS.Add.6836/1: Diary for 22 November 1855 - 13 April 1856, 153 folios.

MS.Add.6836/2: Diary for 14 April - 12 November 1856, 182 folios.

MS.Add.6837: Diary for 13 November 1856 - 24 April 1857, 134 folios.

MS.Add.6838: Diary for 25 April 1857 - 4 March 1858, 274 folios.

MS.Add.6839: Diary for 24 February - 20 December 1859, 176 folios.

MS.Add.6840/1: Diary for 21 December 1859 - 24 January 1861, 277 folios.

MS.Add.6840/2: Diary for 26 January 1861 - 13 February 1862, 279 folios.

MS.Add.6841: Diary for 14 February 1862 - 20 May 1863, 280 folios.

MS.Add.6842: Diary for 21 May 1863 - 6 August 1864, 243 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Romilly (1791-1864) was the son of Thomas Peter Romilly of London, by his cousin Jane Anne, second daughter of Isaac Romilly. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1809, graduating B.A. in 1813 and M.A. in 1816, and was made a fellow in 1815. He took holy orders, but other than serving as chaplain to Thomas Musgrove, archbishop of York, whom he had befriended while at Trinity, he never held a preferment. On 23 March 1832 he was elected registrary of Cambridge University. He held the position until his retirement in 1861. As registrary he was responsible for the arrangement of the university's papers. He also edited the Graduati Cantabrigienses, 1760-1856 (8 volumes; Cambridge, 1856). In 1829 Romilly began a regular daily journal which continued until his death. He died suddenly at Yarmouth of heart disease on 7 August 1864, and was buried in Christ Church, Barnwell.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Miss Allen and Miss Rachel M. Allen, 1935.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Romilly in Sidney Lee, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. XVII (London, 1909), pp. 187-188.

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Bibliography

For further information about MSS.Add.6815-6821 see J. P. T. Bury, ed., Romilly's Cambridge diary, 1832-42 (Cambridge, 1967). For further information about MSS.Add.6822-6825 see M.E. Bury and J.D. Pickles, eds., Romilly's Cambridge diary, 1842-1847 (Cambridge, 1994). For further information about MSS.Add.6826-6842 see M.E. Bury and J.D. Pickles, eds., Romilly's Cambridge diary, 1848-1864 (Cambridge, 2000).