FH Trithen Prof Modern Languages, Oxford to the Directors of the East India Company

Scope and Content

Photocopy of letter. Written from University College Oxford. Recommending Mr George Butler for the classical professorship at Haileybury

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1850 George Butler held a post as lecturer at Durham University, but soon after that he was offered the post of Examiner to the University of Oxford which he took up at the beginning of 1852

Prof Trithen being a Prof of Modern European languages therefore stressed the non-classical side of Butler: 'his knowledge of Modern languages and literature of Europe' as well as 'his taste for Art both ancient and modern'

East India Company

An English commercial company given the monopoly of trade between England and the East (by Queen Elizabeth). In the 18th century it became in effect the ruler of a large part of India and Pitt's India Act 1784, set up a form of dual control by the Company and a Committee responsible to Parliament in London. Following the Indian Mutiny in 1857 the Crown took complete control of the government of British India and the India Act of 1858 abolished the Company

(Taken from Hutchinson's New 20th Century Encyclopaedia)

Biog: Francis Henry Trithen (1820-?)