John Henslow: Letters to him on Palmerston's Cambridge election

Scope and Content

'A series of letters addressed to the Rev. Professor Henslow, chairman of the committee for securing the return of the Lord Viscount Palmerston as representative in parliament for the University of Cambridge. 1826.' There are contemporary chronological and alphabetical indexes accompanying the letters.

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.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby's, 28 March 1983.


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 other papers relating to J.S. Henslow, MSS.Add.8176-8178.

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