Charles Babington: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Charles Babington and a wide range of people, including some of the original envelopes, with a few miscellaneous papers. The collection includes a set of letters from Charles Darwin to Babington. There is also some correspondence relating to other individuals, including a set of letters sent to A.C. Seward.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Cardale Babington (1808-1895) was born at Ludlow, Shropshire, on 23 November 1808. He was educated at Charterhouse School before matriculating at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1826 (B.A., 1830; M.A., 1833), where he became a Fellow in 1874. He was Professor of Botany at the university, 1861-1895. Babington carried out intensive research in natural history. He helped to found the Entomological Society in 1833, and the Cambridge Antiquarian Society in 1840. He died at Brookside, Cambridge, on 22 July 1895.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Library of the Department of Botany, Cambridge, 1977.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Charles Babington in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. I (Cambridge University Press, 1940), p. 106.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds a catalogue of Charles Babington's library, MS.Add.6178.