Scope and Content
Title: Nugent-Glover correspondence
Collection Number: mssHM 83319-83383
67 items in one box
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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.
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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.
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
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
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