- 1794-1821 (Creation)
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111 letters and 6 other papers paper
Name of creator
Edward Daniel Clarke was a student at Jesus College from 1785 and a Fellow from 1795 to 1806. The publication of his travel journals from this latter period, in six vols (1810-23), gained him fame as an explorer. He was ordained in 1805 and appointed vicar of Harlton, Cambs.; from 1809 he was also rector of Yeldham, Essex. He was Professor of Mineralogy at Cambridge from 1808 and University Librarian from 1817 until his death.
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Presented by Miss Dorothea Conybeare, except for item 117. Miss C. sent the letters to Dr Frederick Brittain of Jesus College.
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Collection of letters written by Clarke to William Otter and Mrs [Nancy] Otter; with one written to T. R. Malthus; and a few other papers.
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The sections were created for a typescript catalogue prepared by Patricia James. The letter descriptions here are closely based upon that catalogue.
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Patricia James's typescript catalogue is available for consultation in the College Archives.
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Copies of and extracts from many of these letters have been published in William Otter, Life and remains of Edward Daniel Clarke (1824).
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