James Porter: Letters to him

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous letters addressed to James Porter.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Porter (1827-1900) was born in Belfast on 2 October 1827. He entered Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1847 (B.A., 1851; M.A., 1854; D.D., 1881), where he became Fellow, 1853, dean, 1856, bursar, 1861, assistant tutor, 1863, and tutor, 1866. He was Master of Peterhouse, 1876-1900, and Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1881-1884. Porter was ordained deacon in 1853, and priest in 1856, and was Vicar of Cherry Hinton, 1880-1882. He died in Peterhouse Lodge on 2 October 1900.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Part of the collection was presented by George M. Stephenson in 1970. The remaining letters were purchased from Robert Waterfield Ltd, Oxford, in 1982, and John Wilson (Autographs) Ltd, Oxon, in 1983.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on James Porter in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 162.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other letters written to James Porter, MS.Add.8576.