Romilly's Cambridge Diary 1848-1864. The final volume provides a unique insight into the town and university in mid-nineteenth century Cambridge
Romilly's Cambridge Diary 1848-1864.
Edited by M .E. Bury and J. D. Pickles
The diaries of Joseph Romilly (1791-1864), University Registrary from 1832 to 1861, have long been known as an invaluable source for nineteenth-century Cambridge and for Trinity College. Admitted a pensioner there in 1801, he became a Fellow in 1815 and in 1840 one of the Seniors who, together with the Master, ruled the College. The Cambridge historian John Willis Clark, who had known the diarist since boyhood, described the diaries as 'a delicious record of old Cambridge': in them the life of an important official of the University, and his involvement with its reform during the l850s, are vividly and often wittily described. In addition, they record much that illumines Victorian society, and in particular life in the town of Cambridge, where (unusually for an unmarried Fellow), Romilly became a householder.
This is the final selection from the diaries, and brings the story of Romilly's life to its end in 1864.
Cambridge University Press has republished in their Cambridge Library Collection reprint series the first volume of selected passages published in 1967- Romilly's Cambridge Diary, 1832-1842, edited by J.P.T. Bury. Price £11.00.