Louis Lucien Bonaparte: Letters to Alexander John Ellis

Scope and Content

Letters from Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte to Alexander John Ellis.

Administrative / Biographical History

Prince Louis Lucien Bonaparte (1813-1891) was born on 4 January 1813 in Thorngrove, Worcestershire, the son of Lucien Bonaparte and Alexandrine Jacob of Bleschamp, and the nephew of the Emperor Napoleon I. He grew up in England, and did not go to France until the 1840s. He was made senator and prince following the accession to power of his cousin Napoleon III. Louis returned to England in 1870 after the announcement of the Third Republic. He was an avid student, and became a chemist and a renowned linguist, publishing notable works on the Basque language. He died on 3 November 1891 in Fano, Italy.

Alexander John Ellis (1814-1890), philologist and mathematician, was born on 14 June 1814 at Hoxton Middlesex, and educated at Shrewsbury School, Eton, and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1825 he changed his name to Ellis by Royal Licence. He was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1835. Ellis produced works on phonetics, pronounciation, dialects and orthography. He died on 28 October 1890.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by S. Gaselee, 1919.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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