Robert Mackenzie Beverley: Correspondence regarding his Attack on Cambridge University

Scope and Content

A series of letters written in connection with R.M. Beverley's attack on Cambridge University. On a flyleaf is a list of contents and note of transfer to the Library.

1. Draft of letter from Adam Sedgwick to the editor of the Leeds Mercury [7 January 1834].

2, 3. Cuttings from the Leeds Mercury and Cambridge chronicle.

4. Letter from Edward Raines to A. Sedgwick, 11 January 1834.

5. Same to the same [27 January 1834], with copies of verses.

6. Cutting from the Leeds Mercury.

7. Letter from W. Sharpe to Sedgwick, 5 February 1834.

8. Draft of a letter from Sedgwick to the editor of the Leeds Mercury [18 February 1834], in the hand of Joseph Romilly.

9. Cutting from the Leeds Mercury.

10. Letter from I.M. Ball to Sedgwick, 10 February 1834.

11-13. Cuttings from the Leicester journal and Leeds Mercury.

14-16. Letters from G.A. Browne to Sedgwick, 24 May 1834; H. Burton to Browne, 30 May 1834; and Browne to [Sedgwick], undated.

17. Copy of a letter from Sedgwick to the editor of the Leeds Mercury, 2 June 1834.

18-20. Cuttings from the Leeds Mercury and The Times.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Mackenzie Beverley (1798-1868) was born at Beverley, Yorkshire. He attended Richmond School, and matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1816 (LL.B., 1821). Thereafter, he lived at Beverley, becoming a Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant. In 1833 he published A letter to H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, Chancellor, on the present corrupt state of the University, which received much criticism, including a rebuff from The Times. Beverley wrote on a range of other subjects, which were often of a controversial nature. He died at Scarborough on 3 November 1868.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Registry by J.W. Clark, Registrary, 1897.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on R.M. Beverley in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1940), p. 254.

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