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ED 363

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ED 363


Letters from Fortescue Wells to his father



Administrative / Biographical history

Wells came to Eton in 1830 and went on to St. John's College, Cambridge, after apparently spending some time in France. He was ordained in 1844 and became a chaplain in the Royal Navy. He died of consumption.


1830 - 1834

Extent & medium

1 volume (65 letters) and loose papers

Content description

Detailed descriptions of bullying, rick burning, rebellions, cholera at Windsor etc. In a pocket at the back are (/66) notes and extracts on each letter in Michael Meredith's hand; (/67) ts extracts from Ralph Nevill : Floreat Etona; (/68) Etonian 120 - 122; copy of letter 28; (/69) letter to William Wells (father) from Mr. Caffieri about the cost of private instruction and boarding for his son in France, 15 November 1830; (/70) bill for tuition and board for William in France, 29 June 1831; (/71)copy of family births and marriages,1650 - 1805, from the register of East Allington; (/72) draft chapter of novel; (/73) appointment as Chaplain to HMS Cumberland, 13 January 1851; (/74) certificate of cause of death; (/75) letter from F. P. White on entries on Wells in the St. John's College archives


Formerly Ms. 364. (According to inscription, presented `to the College Archives' by Michael Meredith, 1991, but not transferred until 2012).


The 65 letters were bound into single volume by Michael Meredith

Physical characteristics

65 items

Finding aids

A separate spreadsheet index exists

Publication note

Etoniana 120 - 122
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