Catalogue description Lord John Russell: Papers

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Details of PRO 30/22
Reference: PRO 30/22
Title: Lord John Russell: Papers

These consist mainly of the private and semi-official correspondence and papers of Lord John, later Earl, Russell.

The first 112 pieces consist of a series of correspondence and papers in date order bound into volumes; but owing to gaps in the coverage the biographical and historical narrative, particularly that of the early years, is a somewhat broken one. The bulk of the papers consists of letters written to Lord John Russell, including many from Lord Palmerston.

Date: c1800-1913

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Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, 1792-1878

Physical description: 118 boxes and volumes
Immediate source of acquisition:

in 1914 and 1925. The entire deposit became a gift in 1942.

Russell, 1914-1925 in 1914 and 1925. The entire deposit became a gift in 1942.

Publication note:

The following publications deal with the life and career of Lord John Russell: The Early Correspondence of Lord John Russell 1805-1840, ed. Rollo Russell, 2 vols., (London 1913) The Later Correspondence of Lord John Russell 1840-1878, ed. G.P. Gooch, 2 vols. (London 1925) Letters from Lord Sydenham to Lord John Russell ed. Paul Knapland, (1931) The Life of Lord John Russell, Spencer Walpole, 2 vols. (London 1889) Lord John Russell, John Prest, (London 1972) :Lord John Russell. A Study in Civil and Religious Liberty, A. Wyatt Tilby, (London 1930)

Administrative / biographical background:

Lord John Russell (1792-1878), third son of John, 6th Duke of Bedford, twice prime minister, was created Earl Russell and Viscount Amberley in July 1861. He was the grandfather of Bertrand Russell. Offices held by Lord John Russell:

  • Paymaster General 1830 Dec. 16-1834 Dec. 23
  • Home Secretary 1835 Apr. 18-1839 Aug. 30
  • Secretary for War and Colonies 1839 Aug. 30-1841 Sept. 3
  • Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury 1846 July 6-1852 Feb. 26
  • Foreign Secretary 1852 Dec. 18-1853 Feb. 21
  • In Cabinet without office 1853 Feb. 21-1854 June 12
  • Lord President of the Council 1854 June 12-1855 Feb. 7
  • Special mission to Vienna 1855 Feb. 20-Apr. 24
  • Secretary for the Colonies 1855 Feb. 23-July
  • Foreign Secretary 1859 June 18-1865 Oct. 18
  • Prime Minister and first Lord of the Treasury 1865 Oct. 18-1866 June 18

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