RepositoryDerbyshire Record Office
Archive Reference / Library Class No.D5303
TitleStrutt family of Belper
DescriptionFamily correspondence of Jedediah Strutt (1726-1797), his successors and relations by marriage; letters from national figures including:
Samuel Oldknow (d. 1828) cotton mill owner (D5303/23)
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) philosopher, writer and advocate of 'utilitarianism' (D5303/29) and his brother Sir Samuel Bentham (1757-1831), naval architect and engineer (D5303/44)
James Watt junior (1769-1848), son of James Watt and also a partner in Boulton and Watt (D5303/45)
Joseph Lancaster (1778-1839), the educational reformer, Quaker, and founder of the Lancastrian schools (D5303/46)
Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), the Irish author, inventor and friend of Erasmus Darwin (D5303/47/1-8), his daughter Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849), the novelist and advocate of education for women (D5303/67, 69, 75)
John Romilly (1802-1874), 1st Baron Romilly and son of Sir Samuel Romilly (D5303/78)
Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), the Birmingham businessman and politician
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Archive CreatorStrutt family of Belper
Administrative HistoryJedediah Strutt (1726-1797), cotton spinner, developed patents with William Woollat in 1758-1759 and went into partnership with Richard, later Sir Richard, Arkwright (1732-1792). Strutt and his family exchanged correspondence with a wide variety of people, including Samuel Oldknow (d. 1828) cotton mill owner, Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) philosopher, Sir Samuel Bentham (1757-1831), naval architect and engineer, James Watt junior (1769-1848), Joseph Lancaster (1778-1839) educational reformer, Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817) Irish author and inventor, Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) novelist, Lord John Romilly (1802-1874), Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) businessman and politician.
Custodial HistoryTransferred from Derby Local Studies Library in October 2000. Nothing more is known of the provenance of these letters.
Organisation Sub-TypeFamily and estate
CopiesDigital copies of all items in this collection are available to view on the public computers at the record office.
RelatedMaterialFor other Strutt estate and family papers, see D3772, and Birmingham City Archives ref MS 3101/C/E
AcknowledgementsThis archive was catalogued by Stacey Gee, Archivist, Nov 2000

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