Seeley, Sir John Robert

Scope and Content

Letters, 1861-1894, to Sir John Robert Seeley from various correspondents and some reviews and articles on his acclaimed work Ecce Homo published in 1865.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Robert Seeley was born in London on 10 September 1834, He received his education from the City of London School and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1857. From 1857 to 1859 Seeley taught classics at Christ's. In 1859 he left Cambridge to become chief classical assistant at the City of London School and in 1863 he was appointed professor of Latin at University College London. In 1869 Seeley became professor of modern history at Cambridge; a position he held for the rest of his life. Seeley published works on the classics and history. Among his chief works are, Ecce Homo 1865, The First Book of Livy , 1871, The Life and Times of Stein, or Germany and Prussia in the Napoleonic Age , 1878 and Lectures on Political Science , 1895.

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Archivist's Note

Separated Material

Cambridge University Library holds transcripts of eighteenth century government documents (Ref: Add 4252-305), and letters to Robert Herbert Quick, [1868-1891] (Ref: Add 9366); King's College Modern Archives Centre, Cambridge University, has letters from Seeley and his family to Oscar Browning, 1876-1901 (Ref: OB); Girton College Library, Cambridge University, contains letters to Sarah Emily Davies, [1867-1870] (Ref: Box 17); Trinity College Library, Cambridge University, holds letters to Henry Sidgwick (Ref: Add Ms c95/64-73); the British Library, London, contains correspondence with Macmillans Publishers, 1869-1894 (Ref: Add MS 55074); the Robinson Library, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University, holds letters to Robert Spence Watson.

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