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Sir John Simeon Correspondence

An inventory of his correspondence at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Simeon, John, Sir, 1815-1870.
Title: Sir John Simeon Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1824-1870
Quantity: 0.75 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the British politician. Simeon, 3rd baronet and eldest son of Sir Richard Godwin Simeon, was born and lived most of his life at Swainston on the Isle of Wight. Succeeding to the title in 1854, Simeon, following a career in the Navy, served as a Member of Parliament from the Isle of Wight from 1847 to 1851, and again between 1865 and 1870. Nearly 350 incoming letters to Sir John Simeon from prominent Victorians, including literary figures, politicians, religious leaders, scholars and statesmen.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

Sir John Simeon (1815-1870) was born and lived most of his life at Swainston on the Isle of Wight. Third baronet and eldest son of Sir Richard Godwin Simeon, Sir John Simeon succeeded to the title in 1854. Following a career in the Navy, Simeon served as a Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight from 1847 to 1851, and again between 1865 and 1870.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sir John Simeon Correspondence comprises nearly 350 incoming letters.

Organized alphabetically, the collection begins with 9 incoming letters written between 1824 and 1846 to John's father, Sir Richard Simeon. Among this group are letters from political and religious figures, including an extensive missive from social reformer and abolitionist William Wilberforce concerning slavery in the West Indies.

The remainder of the letters span 1854 through 1870 and reflect Simeon's prominence in the social, political, and artistic circles on the Isle of Wight. For a time the only Roman Catholic Member of Parliament, Simeon, who was closely associated with the Oxford Movement, numbered among his correspondents many of the Victorian era's most influential politicians, statesmen (Frederick Temple Blackwood, Henry Bruce, Edward Cardwell, Hugh Childers, William Gladstone, George Goschen, George Lyttleton, William Monsell) and religious leaders (George Granville Bradley, Henry Manning, Arthur Stanley, William Ward, Samuel Wilberforce).

A classical scholar himself, Simeon's correspondents also included antiquarians (Frederic Madden, Thomas Wright), authors (Alexander Beresford-Hope, George Brodrick, Charles Kingsley, William Lecky, Anthony Sterling, Philip Henry Stanhope, William Stirling-Maxwell, George Venables), men of letters (James Froude, Theodore Martin, Richard Monckton Milnes), and scholars (Stephen de Vere, Benjamin Jowett, James Lacaita, Thomas May). With the arrival of Alfred Tennyson at Farringford, near Swainston, Simeon's circle of acquaintances broadened to include literary figures (William Allingham, Robert Browning, Pauline Craven, Aubrey de Vere, Georgiana Fullerton, Frederick Locker-Lampson, Charles Merivale, Caroline Norton, Laurence Oliphant, Coventry Patmore, Anthony Trollope).

Simeon's correspondents also included representatives of the visual and performing arts, including illustrators (Richard Doyle, Edward Lear), painters (William Boxall, Francis Grant, William Holman Hunt, Edwin Landseer, Frederic Leighton), photographers (Julia Margaret Cameron), sculptors (George Frederick Watts, Thomas Woolner), actresses (Helena Faucit Martin), and musicians (Charles Hamilton Aide, Charles Halle, Henry Russell).

While the Simeon letters are rich in associations with prominent Victorians, they are perhaps most valuable for their illumination of the intellectual, political, and social life which flourished on the Isle of Wight during that period.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Letters are divided into those of Richard Simeon and of John Simeon; within that they are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Simeon, John, Sir, 1815-1870.
Simeon, Richard Godwin, Sir, 1784-1854.

Subjects

Catholics -- Great Britain.
Legislators -- England -- Isle of Wight.
Politicians -- England -- Isle of Wight.

Places

Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Isle of Wight (England) -- History -- 19th century.
Isle of Wight (England) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Isle of Wight (England) -- Political activity -- 19th century.
Isle of Wight (England) -- Politics and government.
Isle of Wight (England) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.

Occupations

Legislators.
Politicians.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sir John Simeon Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Oct 1991
Revision history: 14 Mar 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Inventory

Richard Simeon correspondence
Box 1 Graham, James Robert George 1845 (1 letter)
Box 1 Grey, George 1846 (1 letter)
Harris, James Edward
See Malmesbury, James Edward Harris
Box 1 Malmesbury, James Edward Harris 1826 (1 letter)
Box 1 Taylor, Herbert 1824 (1 letter)
Wellesley, Arthur, Duke of Wellington
See Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
Box 1 Wellington, Arthur Wellesley 1845 (1 letter)
Box 1 Wilberforce, Samuel 1843, undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Wilberforce, William 1826 (2 letters)
John Simeon correspondence
Box 1 Adderley, Charles Bowyer undated (1 letter)
Aide, Charles Hamilton
See Aide, Hamilton
Box 1 Aide, Hamilton 1869, undated (3 letters)
Box 1 Allingham, William 1869 (2 letters)
Box 1 Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn 1868 (1 letter)
Box 1 Aumale, Henri d'Orleans, duc d' 1860 (1 letter)
Box 1 Baker, Samuel White 1869 (1 letter)
Box 1 Ball, John 1859 (1 letter)
Box 1 Beresford-Hope, Alexander James Beresford 1869? (1 letter)
Blackwood, Frederick Temple
See Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Blackwood
Box 1 Boxall, William undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Bradley, George Granville 1865, undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Brodrick, George Charles undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Browning, Robert 1867, 1870 (2 letters)
Box 1 Bruce, Henry Austin 1868, 1869? (3 letters)
Box 1 Cameron, Julia Margaret 1868, 1870 (2 letters)
Box 1 Cardwell, Edward Cardwell 1865, 1870 (5 letters)
Box 1 Carlingford, Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescue 1863, 1865, undated (3 letters)
Box 1 Carmichael, James Robert 1854, 1865, 1869 (4 letters)
Box 1 Carnarvon, Henry Howard Molyneux 1857, 1863, 1864 (5 letters)
Box 1 Cavendish, Richard 1861 (1 letter)
Box 1 Cayley, George John undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Chance, J. H. 1865 (1 letter)
Box 1 Childers, Hugh Culling Eardley 1867, 1869, 1870 (4 letters; 1 outgoing letter)
Box 1 Circourt, Adolphe de 1866, undated (3 letters)
Box 1 Clifford, Charles Cavendish 1860 1865, undated (5 letters)
Box 1 Clifford, Charles J. (or T.) 1862 (2 letters)
Connaught and Strathearn, Duke of
See Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
Cowper, William Francis
See Mount-Temple, William Francis Cowper-Temple
Box 1 Craven, Pauline Marie Armande Aglae 1868 (1 letter)
De Montalembert, Charles Forbes
See Montalembert, Charles Forbes
Box 1 De Vere, Aubrey Thomas 1853, 1854, 1858, 1860 (7 letters)
Box 1 De Vere, Stephen Edward 1860, 1865?, undated (6 letters)
D'Orleans, Henri
See Aumale, Henri d'Orleans, duc d'
Box 1 Doyle, Francis Hastings Charles undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Doyle, Henry Edward 1851 (1 letter)
Box 1 Doyle, Richard undated (2 letters)
Dufferin, Frederick Temple Blackwood
See Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Blackwood
Box 1 Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Blackwood 1866, 1869, 1870, undated (5 letters)
Elcho
See Wemyss, Francis Wemyss-Charteris Douglas
Box 1 Enfield, Edward (?) 1865 (1 letter)
Erskine May, Thomas see
See May, Thomas Erskine
Box 1 Estcourt, Edgar Edmund 1861 (1 letter)
Box 1 Eversley, Charles Shaw-Lefevre 1857, 1859-1860 1863-1866, 1869 (18 letters)
Farnborough, Thomas Erskine May
See May, Thomas Erskine
Faucit, Helena Saville
See Martin, Helena Faucit Saville
Forbes, Charles
See Montalembert, Charles Forbes
Box 1 Forster, William Edward 1865, undated (2 letters)
Fortesque, Chichester Samuel
See Carlingford, Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescu
Box 1 Fowler, John 1870 (1 letter)
Box 1 Froude, James Anthony 1858, undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Fullerton, Georgiana undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Galton, Douglas Strutt 1865 (1 letter)
Box 1 Gladstone, William Ewart 1865 (1 letter)
Box 1 Gordon, H. P.(?) 1868 (1 letter)
Box 1 Goschen, George Joachim Goschen 1868, undated (5 letters)
Box 1 Grant, Francis undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Grant-Duff, Mountstuart Elphinstone 1870 (1 letter)
Box 1 Granville, Granville George Levenson-Gower 1857 (or 1859), 1870 (5 letters)
Box 1 Grey, George 1857, 1865 (2 letters)
Box 1 Gully, James Manby 1869 (1 letter)
Box 1 Halle, Charles 1868 (4 letters)
Box 1 Harman, R. 1865, 1869 (2 letters)
Box 1 Head, Edmund Walker 1867 (1 letter)
Herbert, Henry Howard Molyneux
See Carnarvon, Henry Howard Molyneux
Hope, Alexander James Beresford
See Beresford-Hope, Alexander James Beresford
Box 1 Hope-Scott, James Robert 1860 (1 letter)
Box 1 Houghton, Richard Monckton Milnes 1858, 1860, 1870, undated (8 letters, 1 fragment)
Box 1 Houseman, Henry 1867 (1 letter)
Box 1 Hunt, William Holman 1864 (1 letter)
Box 1 Iddesleigh, Stafford Henry Northcote 1867 (1 letter)
Box 1 Jowett, Benjamin 1869 (1 letter)
Box 1 Kinglake, Alexander William 1857, 1859, 1863, 1869 (4 letters)
Box 1 Kingsley, Charles 1862 (1 letter)
Box 1 Kingsley, George Henry undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Knatchbull-Hugesson, Edward Hugesson 1867 (2 letters)
Box 1 Lacaita, James Phillip 1869-1870 (4 letters)
Box 1 Landseer, Edwin Henry 1869 (1 letter)
Box 1 Lear, Edward 1867-1869, undated (5 letters, 1 drawing)
Box 1 Lecky, William Edward Hartpole undated (2 letters)
Lefevre, Charles Shaw
See Eversley, Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Leighton, Frederic Leighton
See Leighton of Stretton, Frederic Leighton
Box 1 Leighton of Stretton, Frederic Leighton undated (1 letter)
Leveson-Gower, Georgiana Charlotte
See Fullerton, Georgiana
Leveson-Gower, Granville George see
See Granville, Granville George Leveson-Gower
Box 1 Locker-Lampson, Frederick 1864, 1866, 1869 (4 letters)
Box 1 Lyttleton, George William 1857, 1860, 1862, 1869 - includes one letter to R. Harman, 2 to R. Cavendish (10 letters, )
Box 1 Madden, Frederic 1858 (1 letter)
Box 1 Manners, John James Robert 1868 (1 letter)
Box 1 Manning, Henry Edward 1851?, 1854, 1855, 1857?, 1859, 1860 (13 letters)
Box 1 Martin, Helena Faucit Saville undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Martin, Theodore 1870? (1 letter)
Maxwell, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton
See Norton, Caroline Sheridan
Maxwell, William Stirling
See Stirling-Maxwell, William
Box 1 May, Thomas Erskine 1868 (1 letter)
Box 1 Merivale, Charles undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Milman, Henry Hart 1857 (1 letter)
Milnes, Richard Monckton
See Houghton, Richard Monckton Milnes
Molyneux, Henry Howard
See Carnarvon, Henry Howard Molyneux
Box 1 Monsell, William 1860 (6 letters)
Box 1 Montalembert, Charles Forbes 1865, 1868, 1869 (3 letters)
Box 1 Motley, John Lothrop undated (1 letter)
Box 1 Mount-Temple, William Francis Cowper-Temple 1868 1869, undated (3 letters)
Box 1 Murchison, Roderick Impey 1865? (1 letter)
Box 1 Murray, John 1860 (1 letter)
Northcote, Stafford Henry
See Iddesleigh, Stafford Henry Northcote
Box 1 Norton, Caroline Sheridan undated (2 letters)
Box 1 Oliphant, Laurence undated (2 letters)
Orleans, Henri d'
See Aumale, Henri d'Orleans, duc d'
Box 1 Owen, Richard undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Palgrave, Francis Turner 1863 (1 letter)
Palmer, Roundell
See Selborne, Roundell Palmer
Parkinson-Fortescue, Chichester Samuel
See Carlingford, Chichester Samuel Parkinson-Fortescue
Box 2 Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton 1856-1857, 1859-1860, undated (12 letters)
Box 2 Pollen, John Hungerford 1860 (1 letter)
Box 2 Prinsep, Henry Thoby undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Prinsep, Sara 1865 (1 letter)
Box 2 Russell, Elizabeth Anne 1868 (1 letter)
Box 2 Russell, Henry undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Russell, John Russell 1851 (1 letter)
Box 2 Seely, Mary 1865 (1 letter)
Box 2 Selborne, Roundell Palmer 1865 (1 letter)
Box 2 Selfe, Henry James Seife 1867 (1 letter)
Shaw-LeFevre, Charles
See Eversley, Charles Shaw-LeFevre
Box 2 Shelley, Frances Winckley date illegible (1 letter)
Box 2 Stanhope, Philip Henry 1868 (1 letter)
Box 2 Stanley, Arthur Penrhyn 1865, 1870, undated (9 letters)
Box 2 Sterling, Anthony Coningham 1862, 1870 (2 letters)
Stirling-Maxwell, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton
See Norton, Caroline Sheridan
Box 2 Stirling-Maxwell, William 1862, 1868-1870 (5 letters)
Box 2 Taylor, Henry 1856 (1 letter)
Box 2 Taylor, Tom undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson 1860, 1865, 1868, undated (6 letters)
Box 2 Tennyson, Emily Sellwood Tennyson 1860-1861, 1865, 1867, 1869 (8 letters)
Box 2 Trevelyan, George Otto 1867? (1 letter)
Box 2 Trollope, Anthony undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Van de Weyer, Sylvain undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Venables, George Stovin undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Ward, William George 1854, 1857, 1860, 1865, 1868, undated (12 letters)
Box 2 Watts, George Frederick undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Wemyss, Francis Wemyss-Charteris Douglas 1859 (1 letter)
Box 2 Wetherell, T. F. 1865 (1 letter)
Box 2 Wilberforce, Samuel 1862, undated (2 letters)
Box 2 Woolner, Thomas 1859, 1862-1865, 1867-1869 (8 letters)
Box 2 Wright, Thomas 1858 (2 letters)
Box 2 Wynne, Charles 1860, undated (2 letters)
Box 2 Wyvill, Marmaduke 1866 (1 letter)
Partial identification or unidentified
Box 2 C.W.F. 1869 (3 letters (from Paris))
Box 2 Emanuel 1865 (1 letter)
Box 2 Grey (?) 1864-1865 (2 letters)
Box 2 Grosvenor undated (1 letter)
Box 2 Wodehouse 1869 (1 letter)
Box 2 Unidentified 1858 (1 letter)
Box 2 Unidentified 1866 (5 letters)
Box 2 Unidentified 1867 (1 letter)

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