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Thorp & Dickson mss., 1831

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Creator
Thorp & Dickson (Firm)

Title
Thorp & Dickson mss., 1831

Collection No.
LMC 2703

Extent
150 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
Consists of materials relating to organizing anti-reform petitions in the County of Northumberland.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Historical Note

Thorp & Dickson were solicitors of Alnwick, Northumberland, who coordinated the opposition in the County to the Reform Bill on behalf of the Duke of Northumberland.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials relating to organizing anti-reform petitions in the County of Northumberland. The collection includes correspondence, billing statements and notes pertaining to the gathering of petitioners' signatures. The "List of Names" contains in excess of 8,200 names (2,296 "to the King"; 2,406 "to House of Lords"; and approximately 2,500 "to the Commons"), with the occupation of the petitioner occasionally stated, as well as a town-by-town index. Documents in the collection cover practically the entire process of drawing up a petition, from letters in which individuals agree to the inclusion of their names, to the stationer's receipt for the vellum on which the petition is transcribed. Additionally, there are numerous itemized bills of charges and letters from other solicitors engaged by Thorp & Dickson to collect petitioners' signatures. Also included are several letters from Thorp & Dickson acknowledging payment of bills by Sir David William Smith (the Duke's land agent). Printed items in the collection include copies of Bills 14 and 15, March 1831, "To amend the Representation of the People", the first in England and Wales, and the second in Scotland, as well as a printed document "Extracted from the Commission of the Peace for the County of Northumberland", 6 November 1831.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2010
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Thorp & Dickson mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2011.


Series: Box 1 Collection

Correspondence, 3-5 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 6-9 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 10-11 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 12-13 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 14-15 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 16-26 April 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 1-21 May 1831 [image]View item(s)

Correspondence, 22-30 May 1831,undated [image]View item(s)

Lists of petitioners

(3 folders)

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Printed material, "Bill to amend the representation of the people in England and Wales", 14 March 1831 [image]View item(s)

Printed material, "Bill to amend the representation of the people in Scotland", 15 March 1831 [image]View item(s)

Printed material, "Mr. Hunt's Speech, delivered in the House of Commons", 12 April 1831

(2 copies)

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Printed material, "Extracted from the Commission of the Peace for the County of Northumberland", 6 November 1831 [image]View item(s)

Notes and drafts of petitions [image]View item(s)

Billing statements [image]View item(s)