James Cropper: Extracts from letters

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Lithographed 'extracts from letters of the late James Cropper, transcribed for his grandchildren by their very affectionate mother and aunt Anne Cropper', with a running commentary. There is an engraving of James Cropper at the front of the volume.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Cropper (1773-1840), philanthropist, was born at Winstanley, Lancashire. Following an apprenticeship with the merchants Rathbone Brothers, Liverpool, he founded his own mercantile house, Cropper, Benson & Co. He became director of the new Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, and maintained an interest in the company's affairs until his death. Cropper was involved in philanthropic work, supporting the anti-slavery movement and pressing for the relief of the Irish poor. He also established a school and orphanage on his estate at Fearnhead, near Warrington. He died on 26 February 1840.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by F.P. White, 1953.

Other Finding Aids

None.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on James Cropper in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. V (London, 1908), pp. 208-209.