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Album relating to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

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Album relating to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
mostly 1877
Level of description
Extent and format
Paper; ff. 23.
Brown calf binding, with gilt decoration and lettering including the initials of the previous owner, Harold Peirce, from whose daughters the album was acquired. Papers and correspondence, 1964-8, relating to the acquisition preserved with the volume. On the flyleaf, in pencil, '89'.
Scope and content
An album containing papers relating to the formation and first two meetings of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Autograph of William Morris who was elected chairman at the first meeting held in his house, 26 Queen Square, March 1877. Includes:- Notes on the first two meetings, March 1877, fols. 1-4; draft manifesto, fols. 5-12; draft of the first Annual Report (with a photocopy of the published report), fols. 15-22; draft letter annotated 'sent 25 June 1883', written on a copy of The Union of Benefices Act (1860) Amendment Bill (1883) to an MP asking him to oppose the bill, fol. 23. See B. Rosenbaum and R. Pearson, The Index of English Literary Manuscripts, IV, part 3 (1993), 718-19, MoW 1679.
Morris, William (1834-1896), poet, artist and socialist
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Archival history
Presented by Francis Wormald, PSA, in Dec.1968. A.J., 49 (1969), 461.