Grote, George

Scope and Content

Four notebooks. The first notebook contains manuscript exercises written while George Grote, aged 11 (1805-1806), was a pupil at Charterhouse. The other three notebooks dated 1816, 1817 and 1820 contain notes and essays on various subjects.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Grote was born on 17 November 1794. He was educated at a school in Sevenoaks, Kent and Charterhouse, where he remained for six years. At Charterhouse Grote received an entirely classical education with mathematics introduced after he had left the school. In 1810, Grote joined his father's bank and worked there until 1843. From 1832 to 1841 he was a member of parliament for the City of London. He wrote widely on the classics and Greek history. Between 1846 and 1856 he published History of Greece , which ran to twelve volumes. During the 1820s Grote was an advocate for the establishment of the London University (now University College London). In 1860 he became the University's treasurer and then its president in 1868. From 1862 until his death in 1871 he was the Vice Chancellor of the federal University of London.

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Archivist's Note

Separated Material

Cambridge University Library holds historical notes and papers for a history of Greece, 1846-1865 (Ref: Add 1932-33); the British Library has correspondence and papers (Ref: Add MSS 46691, 29513-32), letters to Sir Anthony Panizzi, 1855-1866 (Ref: Add MSS 36717-26 passim), and correspondence with Francis Place, 1831-1850 (Ref: Add MSS 35144-51 passim); the Bodleian Library contains essays, notes and papers, 1815-1870 (Ref: MSS Add c201-02, 207-08, d85), and miscellaneous letters and papers (Ref: MS Eng lett d122); University College London holds diaries and correspondence, 1822-1869 (Ref: MSS ADD 266), correspondence with Alexander Bain and George Croom Robertson, 1866-1870 (Ref: MS ADD 88), miscellaneous letters from Grote, 1838-1870 (Ref: MSS MISC 2G, 3G), and letters to Sir William Smith, 1853-1870 (Ref: MS ADD 134); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, has correspondence and papers, 1835 (Ref: Mayor Papers/C5); the Maison D'Auguste Comte, Paris, holds letters to Auguste Comte, 1840-1848; the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, contains correspondence with Edward Ellice, 1854-1876 (Ref: MS 15026); the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, holds letters to Sir George Cornewall Lewis, 2nd Bt, 1840-1863 (Ref: Harpton Court); Special Collections Department, Birmingham University Information Services, contains letters to Harriet Martineau, 1858 (Ref: HM); the Centre for Kentish Studies, Maidstone, has letters to George Warde Norman, 1818-1835 (Ref: U310/C38, C38A); Dulwich College, London, holds correspondence relating to property.

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