Collection: SC MS Thompson: Thomas Perronet Thompson correspondence and family papers

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Title: Thomas Perronet Thompson correspondence and family papers

Level: Collection 

Classmark: SC MS Thompson

Creator(s): Thompson, Thomas Perronet (1783-6 Sep 1869); Thompson, Sir John Perronet (1873-1935); Thompson, John Yelverton (25 May 1909-1998); Thompson, Lady Ada Lucia (1875-1957); Thompson-McCausland, Lucius Perronet (1904-1984); Thompson, Anne Elizabeth (1793-1871); Bisset, Lucy Wycliffe (9 Mar 1812-26 Feb 1843)

Date: 1745-2009

Main language: English

Size and medium: 11 boxes; two folders; manuscript papers; newspaper cutting; photographs; pamphlet; volume; manuscript notebook; bookmark

Persistent link: https://explore.library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections-explore/167094 

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Description

The collection consists of four accessions MS 277, MS 823, SC MS Thompson/1 and 2. It includes letters to and from Thompson and his family as well as printed material. The collection also contains material relating to Thompson's descendants including Sir John Perronet Thompson. Specific details are available in file descriptions

Administrative or biographical history

General Thomas Perronet Thompson (1783-1869) was a politician and reformer. His father was Thomas Thompson, a merchant and banker of Hull. His mother, Philothea Perronet Briggs, was related to Vincent Perronet, a Methodist and close friend of John Wesley.

Thomas Perronet Thompson served in the navy and the army and was appointed by the Crown in 1808 the first governor of Sierra Leone. On his return to England in 1822 he turned to politics. He was most active on behalf of the Anti-Corn Law League and wrote many articles and pamphlets in support of free trade.

His interests were extremely wide and included natural history, geometry, and music, as well as politics and economics. For seven years he owned the 'Westminster Review' and used it for the causes which were dear to him. At the Great Exhibition of 1851 he showed an enharmonic organ constructed according to his musical theories.

In June 1836 he entered Parliament as the member for Hull and only finally gave up his seat in 1859 after fighting for his policies whether in or out of Parliament.

Thomas Perronet Thompson married Anne Elizabeth [Nancy] Barker from York. They had three sons Thomas Perronet Edward, Charles William, and John Wycliffe all of whom had distinguished careers. The first was a lawyer, and became Recorder of Bradford. Charles William and John Wycliff were both soldiers, who served in India and elsewhere. T. P. E. Thompson's daughter was Edith Thompson who did much work in connection with the Oxford English Dictionary.

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