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Archives, Cornell University Library
Place, Francis. Papers,
Place, Francis, 1771-1854
5 microfilm reels
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management
Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Papers illustrative of the Reform Crisis,
1830-1832. Introduction by I.J. Protheroe of the Department of History,
Collection material in English
Francis Place was a London tailor and radical politician whose
activities spanned a number of years. Between 1794 and 1797 he was active in
the famous Corresponding Society and from 1801 his shop in Charing Cross was
long a center for reform-minded politicians. A close friend of Bentham, he was
prominent in the setting up of the London Mechanics' Institution, 1823, and was
active in radical causes like efforts for a free press, the repeal of the
Combination Laws, the reform agitation of 1831-32 and the drafting of the
He is particularly important to historians on account of the
exhaustive collection which he left, containing newspaper cuttings, copies of
his own letters and letters from his numerous correspondents.
Papers illustrative of the Reform Crisis, 1830-1832. Introduction by
I.J. Protheroe of the Department of History, Manchester University.
The Place Papers in the Manuscript section of the British Museum
consist of his own accounts, correspondence and materials in manuscript form,
and the section reproduced on the microfilm consists of Place's narrative of
the Reform Crisis, with accounts of events within and without Parliament.
Mainly concerned with events in London, the papers contain many extracts from
reports of meetings throughout the country and considerable detail on the
National Political Union, of which Place was a founder and dominant figure.