Autograph letter signed to an unnamed correspondent.

Lord John Russell
Publication details: 
Pembroke Lodge, 21 May 1850
SKU: 1282

(Prime Minister) Three pages, 8vo, very good condition. Text as follows: I have a request to make to you, with which I hope you will compy. It is that you will serve in the Royal Commission to enquire into the state of the University of Cambrige./ Professor Sedgwick & Sir John Herschel I [...?] likewise to ask to be members of the Commission - And in any nomination I may number I should wish to choose persons whose names will inspire confidence in the University. The Archbishop of York assures me there is no one who enjoys more entirely that confidence than your self." The five members of the 1850 Royal Commission were John Graham (bishop of Chester), Sir John Romilly (MP and Attorney General), Sir John Herschel, Adam Sedgwick and George Peacock. The unnamed correspondent is presumably Graham since the Archbishop of York supports his nimination according to this letter (and Sedgwick and Herschel are named in the lette).