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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Frederick James Furnivall correspondence
    Creator: Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910
    Identifier/Call Number: mssFU
    Physical Description: 24 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1843-1910
    Date (bulk): 1848-1895
    Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts of Frederick James Furnivall, an English scholar and editor who helped to organize the Working Men's College.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

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

    Conditions Governing Use

    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]. Frederick James Furnivall correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Maggs Bros., 1952-1953.

    Biographical / Historical

    Frederick James Furnivall was an English scholar and editor. Furnivall graduated from Cambridge in 1847 and passed the bar in 1849. In 1854, after leaving the law profession, he helped to organize the Working Men's College, with F.D. Maurice as principal. Furnivall taught several courses and supervised the recreational activities of the students. In 1853 he became an honorary secretary of the Philological Society and began to concentrate his attention on early and middle English literature. He was an early and ardent worker on the New English Dictionary and edited numerous early English texts. In 1864 Furnivall founded the Early English Text Society and in 1868 the Chaucer Society. Other later interests are reflected in the following organizations which he also founded: the New Shakespeare Society, 1873; the Wiclif Society, 1881; the Browning Society, 1881; and the Shelley Society, 1886. He passed away in July 1910.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts from 1843 to 1910. The topics of the material include education (in particular Eton College and Working Men's College), studies in English language and literature, and the work and interests of Frederick James Furnivall. There is also some ephemera. Correspondents include: Henry Barthorp, Louis Lucien Bonaparte, Henry Bradshaw, Robert Browning, Robert Shergold Browning, Viscount Edward Cardwell, Derwent Coleridge, William Johnson Cory, William Francis Cowper-Temple, Sir John Francis Davis, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, William Ewart Gladstone, Sir Thomas Duffus Hardy, Thomas Hughes, William Holman Hunt, Thomas Henry Huxley, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Kingsley, David Laing, James Russell Lowell, John Malcolm Forbes Ludlow, Vernon Lushington, Sir Frederic Madden, David Masson, Frederick Denison Maurice, Mary Elizabeth Braddon Maxwell, George Meredith, John Stuart Mill, Lady Euphemia Chalmers Gray Ruskin Millias, Sir John Everett Millais, Richard Monckton Milnes (1st Baron Houghton), Henry Morley, Friedrich Max Müller, Sir James Augustus Henry Murray, John Murray, George Frederick Samuel Robinson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Sir John Robert Seeley, Alfred Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson, Connop Thirlwall, Richard Chenevix Trench, Albert Way, Hensleigh Wedgwood, James Pillans Wilson, and Charlotte Mary Yonge.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington staff, circa mid-20th century. In 2020, Gina C Giang created a finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


    Arranged alphabetically.


    Former call number: mssFU 1-983.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    English -- Study and teaching
    English literature -- History and criticism
    Literary historians -- Great Britain -- Archives
    Poets, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Barthorp, Henry
    Bonaparte, Louis-Lucien, prince, 1813-1891
    Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915
    Bradshaw, Henry, 1831-1886
    Browning, Robert, 1812-1889
    Browning, Robert Shergold
    Cardwell, Edward Cardwell, Viscount, 1813-1886
    Coleridge, Derwent, 1800-1883
    Cory, William Johnson, 1823-1892
    Davis, John Francis, Sir, 1795-1890
    Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
    Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898
    Hardy, Thomas Duffus, Sir, 1804-1878
    Milnes, Richard Monckton, Baron Houghton, 1809-1885
    Millais, Euphemia Chalmers Gray, Lady, 1828-1897
    Millais, John Everett, 1829-1896
    Morley, Henry, 1822-1894
    Mount-Temple, William Francis Cowper-Temple, Baron, 1811-1888
    Müller, F. Max (Friedrich Max), 1823-1900
    Murray, James A. H. (James Augustus Henry), 1837-1915
    Murray, John, 1808-1892
    Ripon, George Frederick Samuel Robinson, Marquess of, 1827-1909
    Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882
    Ruskin, John, 1819-1900
    Seeley, J. R., Sir (John Robert), 1834-1895
    Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892
    Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson, Baroness, 1813-1896
    Thirlwall, Connop, 1797-1875
    Trench, Richard Chenevix, 1807-1886
    Way, Albert, 1805-1874
    Wedgwood, Hensleigh, 1803-1891
    Wilson, James Pillans
    Yonge, Charlotte M. (Charlotte Mary), 1823-1901
    Eton College
    Working Men's College (London, England)