14. Romilly's Cambridge Diary 1848-1864. Edited by M.E. Bury and J.D. Pickles.
The final volume of this important source for the nineteenth-century university and town.
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. 978 1 108002 45 5
Romilly’s Cambridge Diary 1842-1847, has been published as Volume 10 by the Cambridgeshire Records Society
ISBN: 0 904 323 14 5 ; 978 0 904323 14 6
Price: £ 12.50
Introduction. Text with extensive footnotes. Index of persons. Index of subjects and places. Illustrations. Map. 516 pp. Softback.
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Bury, M.E. (Bury, P.T.)
Mrs M.E. Bury is a graduate of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She became assistant private secretary to the Minister of Supply in 1942 and later librarian to the United Nations Preparatory Commission. She shared, and now continues, her late husband's interest in the Diaries.
The first selection of passages in Romilly's Cambridge Diaries for the years 1832-42, edited by P. T. Bury, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, was published in 1967 by Cambridge University Press.
Dr J .D. Pickles of Emmanuel College worked in the Cambridge University Registry. He has been Librarian of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society since 1975 and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.