William Webb: Letters to him

Scope and Content

Letters to William Webb concerning Cambridge University affairs, with a few related papers. There are manuscript notes on some of the letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Webb (1775-1856) was born at Sutton Coldfield in February 1775, the son of William Webb, Master of Sutton Coldfield Grammar School. He entered Clare College, Cambridge, in 1793 (B.A., 1797; M.A., 1800; B.D., 1808; D.D. 1816), and was thereafter Fellow (1799), tutor and master (1815-1856). He was ordained deacon in 1800, and priest in 1801, and was the Rector of Fornham All Saints, Suffolk, 1815-1816, and Vicar of Litlington, Cambridgeshire, 1816-1856. Webb served as Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, 1817-1818 and 1832-1833, and was President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1843-1844. He married Ann, daughter of the Revd T.V. Gould, Rector of Fornham, Suffolk. Webb died at Litlington on 4 January 1856.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Found in the Library during the 1960s.

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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 William Webb in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 388.

Custodial History

The letters were found in envelopes inscribed with a note recording that their contents had been removed from the bound volumes of Cambridge papers in the Arts School.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other material relating to William Webb, MSS.Add.5868-5871, 5873, 5876, 5878, 5879, 5882, 5883 and 5987.

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