William Court Gully: Correspondence and Papers

Scope and Content

Personal and political papers and letters:

[1-9] MS account by Gully of circumstances leading to his election as Speaker (1895); draft of Gully's report on International Arbitration, read at Berne (1892); reminiscences of his grandfather, father, early life, and family history notes (1890 and 1899); printed election address to the electors of Carlisle (1895); 'The House of Commons in the seventeenth century. Some old Parliamentary journals. Lecture by the speaker in Carlisle', in the Carlisle Journal, 10 January 1899; A short address on Sir Thomas More, by... the Speaker... on unveiling a memorial window at... St. Laurence, Jewry, Gresham Street, London, June 22, 1900 (printed pamphlet); and 'Entertainment in aid of the Westminster Hospital, Speaker's House, 13th May, 1902' (printed programme).

[10-32] Letters to W.C. Gully, 1877-1905, on his appointment as a Q.C., re-election in 1895, retirement as Speaker in 1905, and aspects of his work as Speaker. The correspondents are Henry J.L. Graham (1877); Herbert Stephen (1892) (5); W. Land__ (1893); Frank Lockwood (1894); Lord Russell of ___ [1895]; George O. Trevelyan (1895); A.J. Mundella (1895); Sir William V. Harcourt (1895) (2); Lord Peel (1895); G.W.E. Russell; Joseph Chamberlain (1896); Henry W. Lucy (1896); Duke of Devonshire (1897); James W. Lowther (deputy speaker) (1897); Sir Fleetwood Edwards (1897); John Morley (1900) (2); Sir Francis Knollys (1901); George A. Aitken (1905); M.E. Hicks-Beach (1905); and Charles H. Athill (Richmond Herald) (1905).

[33-43] Letters to Mrs. Gully, 1895-1905, from Henry W. Lucy (1895); G.W.E. Russell (1895) (3); Lord Tweedmouth; John Morley (1898); St. John Broderick; Alice Balfour (1905); Mary Harcourt (1905); Mary E. Chamberlain (1905); and Elizabeth C. Harcourt (1905).

[44-61] Family letters and papers, c.1877-1905, to Gully from Gertrude Gully (daughter) (c.1873-80) (11); from Gladys Gully (granddaughter) (1897-8) (3); Luke Gully to Gertrude Gully; Gertrude Gully, birth certificate (1866); memorial service for Viscountess Selby (1906) (2 copies); and newscuttings about James Gully absconding (1908).

Administrative / Biographical History

William Court Gully (1835-1909), M.P. for Carlisle, 1892-1905; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1895-1905; and 1st Viscount Selby, 1905. He married Elizabeth Anne Walford Selby (1839-1906) in 1866.

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1992.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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