Parry, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 438/26/337-338;D Letters (2) to Sir Charles Adam, 15 December 1837 to 13 January 1838 [Regarding Parry's part-time employment by a building company] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/339-340;D Letters (2) (copies) to the Admiralty, 13 April and 10 June 1826 [Proposing expedition to North Pole] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 647/1;D Letter to rear Admiral Alexander, 4 April 1826 [Regarding Joseph Nias] copy
  • MS 248/452/1-2;D Letters (2) to John Barrow, 30 October and 24 November 1849 [Regarding search for Sir John Franklin] 2 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 1162/4;D Letter to Sir Francis Beaufort, 1 July 1824 [From HMS Hecla, Davis Strait regarding barometer observations] 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 577/3;D Letter to Sir William Clinton, 1 August 1832 [Regarding the passage of the Reform Bill of 1832 and Australian Agricultural Company at Port Stephens] 6 leaves, holograph (Photocopy)
  • MS 438/26/210-236;D Letters (27) to Robert Coote (son-in-law), 1852 to 1855 [Family news] 28 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/452/3;D Letter to Sophia Cracroft, 6 October 1850 [Regarding relics of Sir John Franklin's expedition found at Cape Riley by Charles Forsyth] copy
  • MS 275;D Letter to Captain Crawley, 29 May 1827 [On board HMS Hecla, regarding bats built for the expedition] holograph (photocopy)
  • MS 886/1-9;D Letters (9) to Thomas Crofton Croker, 1837 to [1841] [Regarding operations of the Post Office's packet boats by the Admiralty] 20 leaves, holograph (photocopies)
  • MS 438/26/1;D Letter to Reverend Mr Ellis, 10 November 1820 [Regarding thanksgiving service for safe return from his Arctic Expedition, 1819-1829] holograph copy
  • MS 248/452/4-9;D Letters (6) to Lady Jane Franklin, 13 October 1849 to 17 April 1851 [Regarding the search for Sir John Franklin] 8 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/452/10;D Letter to John Franklin, 23 October 1823 [Letter of congratulations following Arctic expedition] holograph
  • MS 438/26/341-343;D Letters (3) to Sir John Franklin, 4 October 1830 to 1 February 1832 [Personal news, impressions of Australia, Sir John Ross] 4 leaves, holograph
  • MS 116/99;D Letter to Captain Hamilton, 11 February 1850 [Regarding a sledge fro Arctic travel] 2 leaves, letterpress copy
  • MS 248/452/11;D Letter to Edward Augustus Inglefield, 29 November 1852 [Congratulations on Inglefield's voyage in search of Sir John Franklin] copy
  • MS 1467;D Letter to Captain H. Kater, 2 May 1818 [Concerning scientific observations and performance of the scientific instruments in the early stages of John Ross's Northwest Passage expedition, 1818] 4 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 438/26/2;D Letter to Mrs Leycester, 3 July 1833 [Regarding the death of her daughter] holograph copy
  • MS 341/5/1-5;D Letters (5 copies) to George McKinley, 20 November [1825] to 23 May 1826, 5 leaves, typescript
  • MS 438/26/3-4;D Letters (2) to Joseph Martineau (brother-in-law), 1 November 1831 to 2 June 1832 [Second regarding mothers death] 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 647/2/1-9;D Letters (7) to Joseph Nias, 1819 to 1835 [Regarding progress of the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1819-1822, Nias promotion and Sir John Ross] 14 leaves, holograph
  • MS 248/496;D Letter to Joseph Nias, 30 December 1823 [Advising him against joining another Arctic expedition] holograph
  • MS 438/26/5;D Letter to Caleb Hillier Parry (father), 20 August 1810 [About to sail for Baltic] holograph
  • MS 438/26/6-63;D Letters (50) to Caleb Hiller and Sarah Parry (parents), 1803 to 1822 [Including many written about or during the British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1819-1822] 69 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/63-66;D Letters (4) to Caroline Bridget Parry (sister), January 1806 to November 1834 [Non polar news] 5 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/68-79;D Letters (12) to Charles Parry (son), 1849 to 1854 [Personal matters], 16 leaves, holograph
  • MS 578/3;D Letter to Charles Parry (son), 16 January 1855 [Family news to son serving as a Lieutenant at Valparaiso Pacific Station] 4 leaves, autograph
  • MS 438/26/148-209;D Letters (62) to Charles Henry Parry (brother), 1799-1837 holograph
  • MS 857/1-6;D Letters (5) to Charles Henry Parry, 1851 to 1853 [Family matters] 6 leaves, holograph
  • MS 578/2;D Letter to Isabella Louisa Parry (wife), 26 July 1827, 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/80-84;D Letters (5) to Isabella Louisa Parry (wife), 24 September 1827 to 5 January 1828 [Includes account of 1827 voyage of HMS Hecla ] 9 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/85-147;D Letters (63) to Lucy Parry (daughter), 1840 to 1855, 63 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/237-246;D Letters (10) to Lucy Parry (daughter) and Robert Coote (her husband), 1845 to 1855, 10 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/247-322;D Letters (76) to Sarah Parry (mother), 1800 to 1831 [Three from British Naval North Polar expedition, 1827] 85 leaves, holograph
  • MS 578/1;D Letter to Sarah Parry (mother), 23 October 1826 [Written prior to marriage] holograph
  • MS 438/26/344;D Letter to Sarah Parry (mother), 1 February 1832, 2 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/323-336;D Letters (14) to Sarah Matilda and Gertrude Parry (sisters), 1806 to 1839 [Regarding court martial following abandonment of HMS Fury] 15 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/345;D Letter to the Poor Law Commissioners, 19 January 1836 holograph copy
  • MS 438/26/346-396;D Letters (51) to Sir James Clark Ross, 1824 to 1847 [Eleven written on board HMS Hecla, others refer to HMS Cove and search for Sir John Franklin] 51 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 1226/21;D Letter to Sir James Clark Ross, 6 November 1849 [Regarding Ross's return from searching for Sir John Franklin] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/397-399;D Letters (3) to Emmeline Stanley (sister-in-law), 25 October 1836 to 6 February 1841, 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/400-413;D Letters (14) to Sir John Stanley (father-in-law), 1826 to 1846, 24 leaves, holograph and copies]
  • MS 438/26/414-425;D Letters (12) to Louisa Dorothea Stanley (sister-in-law), 1826 to 1844, 14 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/426-433;D Letters (8) to Lucy Anne Stanley (sister-in-law), 1829 to 1837, 10 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/434-643;D Letters (210) to Lady Maria Joseph Stanley (mother-in-law), 1826 to 1853, 300 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 438/40;D Letter to Lady Maria Joseph Stanley (mother-in-law), 28 November 1828, holograph
  • MS 438/26/644-665;D Letters (22) to Maria Margaret Stanley (sister-in-law), 1826 to 1842, 25 leaves, holograph
  • MS 438/26/666;D Letter to Roger Therry, 5 May 1832, holograph copy
  • MS 438/26/667-683;D Letters (17) to Miss Waldegrave, 1828 to 1839, 24 leaves, holograph and copies
  • MS 438/26/684-685;D Letters (2) to Matilda Williams (daughter-in-law), 23 January 1850 to 2 March 1855, 2 leaves, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence covers both his personal and professional life including over two hundred letters to his mother in law Lady Maria Josepha Stanley. Letters to his first wife Isabella include accounts of his Arctic voyages while correspondence with Sir John and James Clark Ross relate to the search for Sir John Franklin and the missing British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-1848 (led by Franklin). There is also mention of Parry's time in Australia and his later appointment as assistant poor law commissioner for Norfolk and his work with the Home Packet Service.

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for Parry's parents, siblings, wife and children as well as collections for his in laws the Stanleys. The Institute also holds archival collections for the Ross's, Franklin, John Barrow and Sir Francis Beaufort.