Upware Republic Society: Visitors' Book

Scope and Content

Visitors' book, in various hands, listing members of Cambridge University who visited Upware, 6 November 1851 - 14 May 1856, with notes and remarks, 46 folios. Inside the front cover is the bookplate of Arthur B. Gray.

Administrative / Biographical History

In November 1851 undergraduates from Cambridge University formed a independent 'republic' at an inn at Upware, Cambridgeshire. They appointed officials, including clerics and consuls, and kept minutes of meetings. The members of the society included Samuel Butler. The republic became a 'kingdom' during the 1860s, following the involvement of Richard Ramsay Fielder, of Jesus College. The society was relaunched in 2001 by Mark Valentine.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Arthur B. Gray, 1921.


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

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