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Inventory of the Frances Power Cobbe Papers, 1855-1902
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frances Power Cobbe Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1855-1902
    Creator: Cobbe, Frances Power, 1822-1904
    Extent: Number of pieces: 854
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Purchased in 1949 from Ifan Kyrle Fletcher


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

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


    Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), English 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.

    Subject matter

    I. Frances Power Cobbe's work and writings
    • A. Social work at Bristol
    • B. Women's suffrage and rights
    • C. Anti-vivisection
    • D. Miss Cobbe's moral and religious writings
    • E. Comments of friends on her books and articles

    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.