The collection consists of two sets of correspondence, those of Elizabeth Eyre and George Edward Eyre. Elizabeth's papers include many lengthy letters from her brother George, and a similar number from her sister Maria. George Edward Eyre's correspondence includes a series of letters from his father advising him upon his studies at Oriel College, Oxford, and at Lincoln's Inn during the 1820s. There are also letters from his business partner William Spottiswoode during the 1840s and 1850s. The collection also contains a few papers of George Eyre and of George Edward's son, George Edward Briscoe Eyre. The latter shed some light on attempts made during the Great War to preserve the New Forest from short-term military development.
1. London, 'Proposals for printing, by subscription, a Classical Vocabulary, French and English...by N. Wanostrocht, Teacher of Languages', printed leaflet of 3 pages, June 1782.
2-118. Correspondence of Miss Elizabeth (Eliza) Eyre, 1787-1849 and undated.
119-124. Papers of George Eyre, 1811-1820.
125-231. Correspondence of George Edward Eyre, 1822-1871 and undated.
232-238. Papers of George Edward Briscoe Eyre, 1875 and 1916.
239. Press cuttings and biographical notes on the Eyre and Thornton families in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, possibly compiled at Miss Mildred Westland.