Hinged wooden box with two latches and a tin handle containing a Collection of Papers pertaining to Frederick Waymouth Gibbs,C.B., Q.C. and tutor to the Prince of Wales for six years (1852-1858).
The Papers include six leaves removed from Gibbs’s Diary for the years 1857 and 1858, recording mostly his activities in Court and beyond Court circles, with a list of presents received from the Royal family for Christmas 1857, dinner with Queen Victoria, visits to the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures of the English scientist Michael Faraday FRS, and in 1858 his brief account of his giving up his tutoring role on the Prince’s 17th birthday on 9 November.
The archive also contains items from or connected with the aristocracy, cultural and legal elites, and a four-page letter from C.J. Vaughan, later Headmaster of Harrow, a long, moralising letter from F. Gell from Rome, 1846, describing the Carnival before Lent, and a number of legal and business documents, extracts and transcripts of Wills, share transactions, letters and other records.
The items in the archive appear under five headings:
1. Items relating to Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales & other Royal family members (9 items);
2. Family trees & family records of F.W. Gibbs & related families (11 items);
3. Other dated records (22 items);
4. Other undated records (9 items);
5. Sundry items with unidentified connections (8 items).
A detailed inventory of the contents of the box is available on request. Item #790
Frederick Waymouth Gibbs, C.B., Q.C., was an eminent London barrister, Bencher, and tutor for six years to Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, who later reigned as Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 1901 until his death in 1910. This small archive is comprised of a Collection of manuscript material relating to Gibbs and to the history of his family.
This beat-up wooden box was found some years ago amongst a pile of boxes, under a table, in the back room of Archives Fine Books. We had just take onver the business, and apart from a loosely inserted typed card that listed some of the documents, there was no record of what was originally in the box, nor any record of provenance. We decided to keep the material together and eventually to catalogue it. Along the way we had to make a decision whether to keep the items ajumble as found or to sort into groupings. We opted for the latter and now each grouping is collected in its own folder within the box. We offer it complete as a unique item.