HORNER, Francis, 1778-1817, Politician

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Francis Horner with individuals including Charles James Fox, Francis Lord Jeffrey, James Loch, Rev Thomas Robert Malthus, Sir John Archibald Murray Lord Murray, and Professor Dugald Stewart; correspondence received by Horner's father and brother after his death; miscellaneous political notes by Francis Horner; and brief letters from John Allen reporting the progress of the illness of Charles James Fox.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Horner, 1778-1817, studied at Edinburgh, was called to the Scottish Bar in 1800, and joined the English Bar in 1807. He was MP for St Ives in 1806, for Wendover in 1807, and was returned for St Mawes in 1813. As an MP he took part in debates on the Corn Law and slavery in 1813-1815, and proposed a measure to regulate the proceedings of the Irish grand juries in 1816. As chairman of the bullion committee in 1810, he recommended early resumption of cash payments. Francis Horner also translated Euler's Elements of Algebra in 1797 and published Short Account of a late Short Administration in 1807.


This collection is arranged in eight volumes. Volumes 1-7: Correspondence of Francis Horner and others, are arranged chronologically, as follows:
1. 1795-1802
2. 1803-1805
3. 1806-1808
4. 1809-1810
5. 1811-1813
6. 1814-1815
7. 1816-1817; and letters written to Horner's father, John, and brother, Leonard, after his death, 1817-1840.
Volume 8: Miscellaneous political notes by Francis Horner and brief letters from John Allen reporting the progress of the illness of Charles James Fox.
Addendum: Memoirs of her parents by Mrs F C Byrne.

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Online catalogue and printed handlist available. There is an index of correspondents' names at the end of the printed catalogue.

Archivist's Note

Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

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