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Sir William Brown correspondence to Abbott Lawrence

 Collection — Box: 1 [31151030118909]
Identifier: MS-0717
Sir William Brown, 1st Baronet DL (1784–1864) was a British merchant and banker, founder of the banking-house of Brown, Shipley & Co. and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons. He sailed with his father and mother for the United States of America, and at Baltimore, Maryland, where his father continued the linen trade in which he had been engaged in Ireland, received in the counting-house his commercial education. He was known for his philalanthropy, particularly in establishing the Free Public Library in his adopted town of Liverpool. This collection contains a letter from Brown to his friend Abbott Lawrence, regarding relations between America and England, accompanied by a draft of his printed speech on free trade. The collection ranges from circa 1845 to 1846.

Dates

  • 1845-1846

Creator

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Extent

0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Brown, 1st Baronet DL (1784–1864) was a British merchant and banker, founder of the banking-house of Brown, Shipley & Co. and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1846 to 1859. He sailed with his father and mother for the United States of America, and at Baltimore, Maryland, where his father continued the linen trade in which he had been engaged in Ireland, received in the counting-house his commercial education. In a few years the house at Baltimore became the firm of Alexander Brown & Sons, consisting of the father and his sons, William, John, George, and James. William Brown later founded the firm of Brown Shipley & Co. in Liverpool, served in Parliament, and was a benefactor of Liverpool. He was known for his philalanthropy, particularly in establishing the Free Public Library in his adopted town of Liverpool.

Abbott Lawrence (1792-1855) was a prominent American businessman, politician, and philanthropist. He founded Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a letter from Sir William Brown to his friend Abbott Lawrence, accompanied by a draft of his printed speech. The collection ranges from circa 1845 to 1846.

Dealer description:

[...]

e. Proof copy of a speech delivered by Brown, circa 1845-1846, on repeal of the Corn Laws and gold flows. n.p. Noted in Brown's hand, "uncorrected proof."

f. Autograph letter signed, 4to, one and one half pages, dated Richmond Hill [in Liverpool], 11 February 1846, written (in a secretarial hand but signed by Brown) to Abbott Lawrence, Boston, Massachusetts [...] explaining his views on trade relations between England and America, including a long statement on the tobacco trade.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were purchased in 2004. The dealer is unknown.

Separated Materials

Separated materials are available through the call numbers: HF2043.B76 1845, HF2043.B76 1845b, HF2043.B76 1844, and HF2043.B761800z.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in September 2015 by Annie Tang.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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