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Nugent-Glover correspondence
mssHM 83319-83383  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nugent-Glover correspondence
    Dates: 1802-1840
    Collection Number: mssHM 83319-83383
    Extent: 67 items in one box
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Correspondence between George Nugent Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent and George Glover, 1802-1840; also included are a small number of other correspondents, a poem and ephemera.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


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

    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], Nugent-Glover Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from John Hart Antiquarian Bookseller, Catalogue 101, item 48, December 2016.

    Biographical Note

    George Nugent Grenville was the younger son of George Nugent Temple, 1st Marquess of Buckingham and Mary Elizabeth Nugent; Grenville succeeded to the peerage in 1812, upon the death of his mother, as 2nd Baron Nugent of Carlanstown. He was tutored at Stowe by George Glover and matriculated in April 1804 at Brasenose College, Oxford. Entering Parliament in 1810 as an MP for Buckingham, he remained with the Whigs when the Grenvilles broke with them. He grew increasingly radical over the years as he argued for reform, religious liberty, and anti-slavery causes. In 1832 he was appointed Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, a position he held for three years; upon his return to England he lost a number of elections until he was returned for Aylesbury in 1842. Throughout his political career Grenville also pursued literary and scholarly pursuits; on September 6, 1813, he married Anne Lucy Poulett, they had no living children so the title became extinct upon Grenville’s death on November 26, 1850. George Glover (1778-1862) was the tutor of George Grenville and, later, Archdeacon of Sudbury; he married in May 1804 and had numerous children.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, Poem and Ephemera (1 Box) is arranged chronologically. A majority of the correspondence consists of letters from George Nugent Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent, to his former tutor, George Glover; the letters cover the years 1804-1840. There is also a small number of letters from other correspondents, including Mary Anne Nugent Temple Grenville; George Nugent Temple Grenville, Marquess of Buckingham; Mary Elizabeth Nugent Temple Grenville, Marchioness of Buckingham; Thomas Winfield and Frodsham Hodson, both of Brasenose College, Oxford; William Wyndham Grenville, Baron Grenville; and a draft letter from George Glover to “My Lord” concerning a Latin inscription composed by Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich. Also included is a poem written by George Nugent Grenville, 2nd Baron Nugent, entitled “The Death of Nelson” (1805, Nov. 23), and three pieces of ephemera: a printed sketch of a dog and two letter covers with wax seals. The letters in the collection are written from, among other locations, Brasenose College, Oxford, London, the House of Commons, Pall Mall, Stowe, The Lilies (Grenville’s Buckinghamshire home), and Corfu (Greece). After tutoring Grenville at Stowe, Glover became his close friend and the correspondence covers much of Grenville’s political, literary and personal life. The main thrust of the letters is the reforming principles that Grenville and Glover shared and their relations with other like-minded people including the Duke of Sussex (often mentioned in the letters). Advancement and patronage, both social and political, are frequent subjects in the letters, whether it is for Grenville himself, Glover or Glover’s son (also named George); among other subjects treated include the position of Roman Catholics, dueling, Freemasonry, the scandals of the Regency, and the ongoing war with Napoleon.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Augustus Frederick, Prince, Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843
    Buckingham and Chandos, Richard Temple Nugent Brydges Chandos, Duke of, 1776-1839
    Caroline, Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821
    Frederick Augustus, Prince, Duke of York and Albany, 1763-1827
    George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830
    Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821
    Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount, 1758-1805
    Nugent, George Nugent Grenville, Baron, 1788-1850

    Corporate Names

    Church of England – Clergy – Conduct of life – 19th century
    Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons – History – 19th century


    Administration of estates –- Great Britain –- History -- 19th century
    Capital punishment –- Great Britain -– History –- 19th century
    Catholic emancipation –- Great Britain –- History –- 19th century
    Catholic question –- Great Britain -– History –- 19th century
    Dissenters, Religious –- Great Britain -– History -– 19th century
    Dueling -– Great Britain -– History -- 19th century
    Elections -– Great Britain -– History -– 19th century
    Freemasonry -– Great Britain -– History –- 19th century
    Infants -– Mortality –- Great Britain -– History –- 19th century
    Methodists -– Great Britain –- History –- 19th century
    Patronage, Political –- Great Britain –- History –- 19th century
    Peninsular War, 1807-1814
    Regency –- Great Britain -– History –- 19th century

    Geographic Areas

    Corfu Island (Greece)
    Great Britain -– Politics and government -- 19th century
    Great Britain -– Social life and customs -– 19th century


    Ephemera -– Great Britain -– 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -– Great Britain –- 19th century
    Poems -– Great Britain –- 19th century