St John's College U.32

William Cooper, Papers re University petitions. English and Latin, 1801-5


William Cooper, Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, Chaplain in Ordinary to the Queen, 1830, and subsequently Chaplain to Queen Victoria (1770?-1856): papers relating to an opposition he attempted to concert within the University to a bill disabling the clergy from sitting in the House of Commons, promoted by Lord Sidmouth in 1801; to endorse a grace advanced by the Vice Chancellor, in 1803; and to an expression of support to a bill regarding the purchase of advowsons in 1805. The collection includes a letter from William Pitt, Downing Street, 18 May 1801; Pitt was a Member of Parliament for the University. It also includes a letter from Richard Venables of Clare Hall, [1801]; a petition in support of Cooper's resolution, signed by fourteen Fellows (twelve of them from St John's), [1801]; and a calculation of the average age of senior Fellows in the Cambridge Colleges, 1805 (it was forty-three). With a separate caption in Cooper's hand, 1841, on the flyleaf of a letter bearing a 'penny red' stamp.

Manuscript extra information

Various sizes 18 documents, with one envelope (to Pitt's letter) and one wrapper. Presented by Commander G. R. G. Allen, Jan. 1938 (letter from E. A. Benians, Master of St John's, to the Librarian, Hugh Gatty, 15 May 1938).

Several hands. Paper, watermarked. Not bound.