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Letter to John Henry Capper

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P663


In 1829, Sir John Beckett (1775-1847) was Judge Advocate General and Member of Parliament for Haslemere in Surrey, England. In this letter, he wrote to John Henry Capper of Lowther [Castle] in Penrith, Cumbria, who was a Home Office official from 1815 to 1847, who was at the time Superintendent of Prisons and the Hulk Establishment. Beckett wrote to Capper at the instigation of [Michael Thomas?] Sadler (1780-1835), a Member of Parliament for Newark, Nottinghamshire, England. Sadler had contacted Beckett on behalf of a couple who wanted to visit their son, Samuel James, aboard a hulk, or prison ship.


  • Creation: August 25, 1829


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1 folder (1 leaf)

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Physical Location

MS P663

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Maggs Bros Rare Books, June 27, 1966.

Processing Information

Formerly part of Special Collections temporary call number: MS (Box) 38: 83, collection name "Collection of 19th c. letters: Miscellaneous group of mainly English letters: mostly 19th c, some 20th c, a few 18th c."

Guide to the Sir John Beckett Letter
Letter to John Henry Capper
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2008.
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Preferred citation
Letter to John Henry Capper, MS P663, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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