Letters from Henry Peter, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) to the Scottish Judge Charles Hope, Lord Granton (1763-1851).
Granton's daughter, Louisa Octavia Hope sent the letters, to the English judge James Plaisted Wilde, 1s t Baron Penzance (1816-1899), in the hope that he would publish them.
The collection includes explanatory notes by Louisa Hope on many of the letters and four letters written by Louisa Hope to Lord Penzance in 1870. There is also a small group of letters addressed to Penzance by various correspondents and a few miscellaneous family letters. Mrs. Middleton's husband, Laurence H.N. Middleton, had a distant family connection with the Wilde family through his cousin, Miss Naomi Whelpton.
The letters in sections 1-3 were transcribed by Eric Collieu and the letters from Brougham to Granton were used by him in an essay on Lord Brougham and the Conservatives in Essays in British History , edited by H.R. Trevor-Roper, London, 1966. Collieu's transcriptions are also included in this collection. Many of the letters are undated and although it is possible to give a fairly accurate date from postmarks and internal evidence, some of the dates must remain approximate. A few of the dates in this list differ slightly from the dates assumed by Collieu. Letters to Brougham from Granton can be found, together with letters from Louisa Hope and from Granton's son, John Hope, Lord Justice Clerk, in the Brougham Papers in the Library (Ref: BROUGHAM).
Comprising letters from:
1. Louisa Hope to James Wilde, Baron Penzance, 1870
2. Brougham to Charles Hope, Lord Granton, 1839-1847
3. Brougham to Granton, 1848-1851
4. Transcripts of letters in the above three files
5. Letters to Penzance, 1824-1892, and miscellaneous letters, -1912.