Correspondence of James Silk Buckingham

Scope and Content

The main theme of this series of letters is Buckingham's desire for Owen to subscribe to his journey overseas.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Silk Buckingham, 1786–1855, writer and traveller. Buckingham spent much of his early life at sea; he travelled extensively in North Africa and the Middle East. He established journals in Calcutta and London; a critic of the East India Company, he promoted colonial self-government. In 1830, he published a "prospectus" for a government-sponsored voyage, but the scheme was later abandoned. He represented Sheffield in the first reformed parliament (1832-1837) - taking a special interest in social reform and the provision of public parks and libraries. Retiring from parliament, he traveled in Europe and North America. He remained interested in social questions; In 1847, he published a "quasi-socialist plan for a model town" and, in 1851, became president of the newly formed Temperance League.