John Henslow: Letters and lecture notes

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8176: Letters to Henslow, 1821-1831, with date and name indexes, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8177: Letters to Henslow, 1831-1860, 1 box.

MS.Add.8178: Notes for botantical lectures, 1860, 1 envelope (39 pages).

Administrative / Biographical History

John Stevens Henslow (1796-1861), botanist, was born at Rochester on 6 February 1796. He was educated at Rochester before attending St John's College, Cambridge, where he was University Professor of Mineralogy, 1822-1827, and of Botany, 1827-1861. He became a member of the London University Senate in 1836, and examiner in botany in 1838. He was Vicar of Hitcham, Suffolk, from 1839. Henslow was the author of Catalogue of British plants (1829) and Dictionary of botanical terms (1857). He died at Hitcham on 16 May 1861.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library of the Department of Botany, Cambridge, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on J.S. Henslow in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 586-587.

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Cambridge University Library holds letters to J.S. Henslow regarding the securing of Lord Palmerston's return as Cambridge University's representative in parliament, MS.Add.8339.

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