Charles Mason: Letters to him

Scope and Content

Letters to Charles Mason and other papers, including an extract from the account book of Goodwich, Bishop of Ely; 'An epitome of Sir Isaac Newton's Opticks'; and a printed notice of 24 June 1811, regarding the installation of the Duke of Gloucester as Chancellor of Cambridge University.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Mason (1699-1771), geologist, matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1717 (B.A., 1723; M.A., 1726; B.D., 1736; D.D., 1749), where he became a Fellow in 1725. He was Professor of Geology, 1734-1762. Mason was ordained deacon in 1733. He became Vicar of Barrington, Cambridgeshire, in 1742, and was Rector of Orwell, 1762-1771. He died on 18 December 1777.

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased from E.J. Gregson, 10 August 1984.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Charles Mason in John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part I, vol. III (Cambridge University Press, 1924), p. 155.

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