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Document number: 3263
Date: Mon 25 Apr 1836
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: PEACOCK George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 11th January 2011

[written on verso of the lithographed letter below:]

Trin. coll. <1>
Monday morning. April 25. 1836

My dear Talbot

By a very strange omission, I find that no application has been made to you for your vote for Thorp <2> – I hope however that if this note finds you in London, that it will not be too late to induce you to come to us on Wednesday to give your vote to my dear & excellent friend, who is in the most urgent want of every vote which he can muster: if his friends prove true to him, he will certainly win: but if not, he will be beaten by a man who is in every way inferior to him & who has been the leader in the system of political persecution which has been carried on for some time in Cambridge: do come to us, if you possibly can

Believe me My dear Talbot Most truly yours
Geo Peacock

H. F. Talbot Esq
Captain Feildings
31. Sackville St

[lithographed form letter]

Trinity College Cambridge
April 10 1836.


I beg respectfully to solicit the honour of your vote and interest for the office of Public Orator, on the resignation of Mr Christopher Wordsworth who has been appointed Head Master of Harrow School.

The Vice Chancellor has this moment fixed Wednesday the 27th instt for the day of Election, when I very urgently request the favour of your attendance, if I should be so fortunate as to have your good wishes for my success.

I very sincerely regret that another appeal should be made so soon to your assistance; but I trust I need not excuse myself for desiring so distinguished a mark of approbation from those whose good opinion and good will have long been the highest worldly object to which I have aspired.

I have the honour to be, Sir Your obedient and faithful Servant
Thomas Thorp

P.S. – The Poll will open at 9 oClock [sic] in the morning, and will continue open till 10 at night. – It may be well to add that my only competitor at present is Mr Crick of St Johns. <3> – My London Committee sit daily at the British Coffee House, Cockspur Street. –


1. Trinity College, Cambridge.

2. Thomas Thorp (1797–1877), later, Archdeacon of Bristol. In 1836, a new Public Orator was elected at Cambridge University, the Rev Christopher Wordsworth (1774-1846), DD, of Trinity College, man of letters, brother of the poet and later an English bishop. However, Wordsworth was soon appointed Headmaster of Harrow School, necessitating a second election for Public Orator. Thorp was enlisting support for this election. Held on 27 April 1836, the results were Rev Thomas Crick of St John’s College 359 votes and Rev Thomas Thorp of Trinity College 318 votes. See also Doc. No: 00182.

3. Possibly Thomas Crick (1801–1870), clergy.

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