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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Frances Power Cobbe Correspondence
    Dates (inclusive): 1855-1904
    Collection Number: mssCB 1-854
    Creator: Cobbe, Frances Power, 1822-1904, addressee.
    Extent: 854 pieces in 12 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Letters addressed to Irish philanthropist and activist Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) covering women's suffrage and rights; antivivisection, her work in Bristol and her moral and religious writings; comments on her books and articles. Correspondents include Mary Carpenter, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Charles Darwin, Earl of Shaftesbury, James Anthony Froude, Keshub Chunder Sen, James Martineau, Theodore Parker, Felix Pecaut, and others.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Frances Power Cobbe Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Source of Acquisition

    Biographical Note

    Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), Irish philanthropist and religious writer, commenced her social work at Bristol with Mary Carpenter at Red Lodge reformatory and the ragged schools. Her social work and work house philanthropy led to the writing of numerous books and articles on subjects in those fields. Through travel abroad and a widening circle of friends, she became acquainted with many of the prominent persons of her time. She lectured on the duties of women, promoted the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1878, and worked hard on the anti-vivisection movement. A number of her books were devoted to expressions of her religious feelings.
    In 1884 Miss Cobbe retired from the busy life of London to live at Hengwrt, Wales. In 1894 she wrote here Life, published in two volumes, in which some of the letters in the present collection were printed.

    Scope and Content

    Letters addressed to Frances Power Cobbe cover women's suffrage and rights; antivivisection, her social work in Bristol, and her moral and religious writings; comments on her books and articles. Correspondents include Mary Carpenter, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Charles Darwin, Earl of Shaftesbury, James Anthony Froude, Keshub Chunder Sen, James Martineau, Theodore Parker, Felix Pecaut, and others.

    Some important or interesting items

    • Bray, Caroline (Hennell). 1895, May 21. Re: George Eliot.
    • Cobbe, Charles, Abp. of Dublin. To his son, Charles Cobbe. 1750, Mar. 17. Letter of advice on going abroad.
    • Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge. 1875, May 7. Re: vivisection.
    • Froude, James Anthony. Interesting series of letters.
    • Galton, Sir Francis. 1877, Aug. 27. Re: motives for murder.
    • Kesavachandra Sena. 1878, Apr. 26. Re: the marriage of his young daughter.
    • Montefiore, Claude G. 1882, Dec. 4. On inter-racial marriage with Jews.
    • Parker, Theodore. 1848, May 5. On religion.
    • Russell, John, styled Viscount Amberly. 1874, Nov. 10 & 25. Letter about Frances Power Cobbe's essay on Mill.
    • Sidgwick, Eleanor Mildred (Balfour). 1890, Jan. 10. On premonitions, telepathy, and hallucinations.
    • Spencer, Herbert. 1872. Criticism of Miss Cobbe's Darwinism in Morals.
    • Stevenson, Robert Louis. 1884, Mar. 9. Re: his friendliness toward dogs and his views on vivisection.

    Persons represented by 3 or more pieces

    • Amos, Sheldon (3 pieces, 1879-83)
    • Bonheur, Rosa (4 pieces, 1869-98)
    • Boyle, Eleanor Vere (Gordon) ((3 pieces, c.1890?)
    • Brown, Edward Harold, Bp. of Winchester (8 pieces, 1878-89)
    • Butler, Frances Anne (Kemble) (5 pieces, c. 1865-90)
    • Carpenter, Mary (23 pieces, 1858-77)
    • Carpenter, William Benjamin (4 pieces, 1867-73)
    • Channing, William Henry (5 pieces, 1860-83)
    • Colenso, John William, Bp. of Natal (11 pieces, 1863-74)
    • Collins, William Wilkie (3 pieces, 1882-83)
    • Cooper, Anthony Ashley (7th Earl of Shaftesbury, 238 pieces, 1877-85)
    • Darwin, Charles Robert (5 pieces, c.1870-75)
    • Darwin, Emma (Wedgewood) (4 pieces, c.1870-90)
    • Eastlake, Elizabeth (Rigby) , Lady (3 pieces, 1885-89)
    • Edwards, Amelia Ann Blandford (3 pieces, 1888-89)
    • Fawcett, Millicent (Garrett) (3 pieces, c.1885-90)
    • Froude, James Anthony (34 pieces, 1861-92)
    • Greg, William Rathbone (3 pieces, c.1870-80)
    • Herbert, George Robert Charles (13th Earl of Pembroke, 4 pieces, 1888)
    • Hoare, John N (4 pieces, 1894)
    • How, William Walsham, Bp. of Wakefield (5 pieces, 1889-94)
    • Hutton, Richard Holt (8 pieces, 1875-92)
    • James, Henry (3 pieces, 1893)
    • Jowett, Benjamin (4 pieces, 1860-65)
    • Kesavachandra Sena (14 pieces, 1863-78)
    • Lecky, William Edward Hartpole (5 pieces, 1865-90)
    • Lilly, William Samuel (3 pieces, 1885-86)
    • Manning, Henry Edward, Cardinal (5 pieces, 1882-89)
    • Martineau, James (26 pieces, 1865-97)
    • Morley, John (1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn, 5 pieces, 1880)
    • Morris, Sir Lewis (3 pieces, 1881-c.1887)
    • Newman, Francis William (3 pieces, 1859-76)
    • Paget Walpurga Ehrengarde... (4 pieces, 1891)
    • Parker, Theodore (17 pieces, 1848-60)
    • Pécaut, Félix (12 pieces, 1863-71)
    • Pécaut, J Elie (5 pieces, 1898)
    • Ponsonby, Sir Henry Frederick (4 pieces, 1884-87)
    • Rhys, Sir John (3 pieces, 1891-93)
    • Ritchie, Anne Isabella ... (3 pieces, c.1875-82)
    • Roberts, William Page (3 pieces, 1886-87)
    • Spencer, Herbert (5 pieces, 1866-c.1875)
    • Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn (10 pieces, 1871-79)
    • Taylor, Helen (3 pieces, 1868-74)
    • Taylor, Sir Henry (3 pieces, 1879-82)
    • Tennyson, Hallam (2d Baron Tennyson, 4 pieces, 1882-94)
    • Tyndall, John (4 pieces, 1865-c.1875)
    • Upton, Charles Barnes (3 pieces, 1883-86)
    • Ward, Mary Augusta (Arnold) (10 pieces, 1888-94)
    • Watson, Sir William (3 pieces, c.1890-1900)
    • Webster, Augusta (3 pieces, 1878-81)
    • Welldon, James Edward Cowell (4 pieces, 1886-92)
    • Wilberforce, Albert Basil Orme (7 pieces, c.1890-92)

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Arrangement

    Letters arranged chronologically in twelve boxes, with a watercolor drawing and 9 miscellaneous ephemeral pieces, documents, and fragments at the end of Box 12.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Cobbe, Frances Power, 1822-1904 -- Correspondence.
    Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Correspondence.
    Animal welfare -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
    Feminists -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
    Social work with children -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
    Women authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
    Women social workers -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
    Great Britain -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Carpenter, Mary, 1807-1877.
    Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
    Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of, 1801-1885.
    Froude, James Anthony, 1818-1894.
    Martineau, James, 1805-1900.
    Sen, Keshub Chunder, 1838-1884.
    Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860.
    Pécaut, Félix, 1828-1898.