Frederick Denison Maurice: Lecture drafts

Scope and Content

Drafts of lectures on Mechanics' Institutes, Working-Men's Colleges, the historical plays of William Shakespeare, world civilisation and co-operation.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872) was born at Normanston, near Lowestoft, on 29 August 1805. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1823, and transferred to Trinity Hall in 1825. He decided to take orders, and entered Exeter College, Oxford, in 1830. He was ordained deacon in 1834, and priest in 1835, and became curate of Bubbenhall, near Leamington. In 1836 he became chaplain of Guy's Hospital. Maurice was appointed Professor of English Literature and History at King's College, London, in 1840, and chaplain of Lincoln's Inn in 1846. He helped to found Queen's College, London, in 1848. He was the spiritual leader of the 'Christian socialists', and helped to establish a Working Men's College in London in 1854, of which he became the principal. In 1860 he was appointed to the chapel of St Peter's, Vere Street, in London, and in 1866 became the Knightbridge Professor of 'casuistry, moral theology, and moral philosophy' at Cambridge. Maurice's health began to decline in 1870, and he died on 1 April 1872.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr Alec Vidler, 1986.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on F.D. Maurice in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XIII (London, 1909), pp. 97-105.

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Cambridge University Library holds correspondence of and relating to F.D. Maurice, MS.Add.7792.