Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836

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Freeling began his career in the Bristol Post Office and moved to London in 1787. There he held the successive Postal Service positions of surveyor, principal and resident surveyor, joint secretary, and sole secretary. In 1828, baronetcy was conferred on him for his public service. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1801 and was one of the original members of the Roxburghe Club, founded in 1812.

From the description of Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84010358

From the description of Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702146860

Sir Francis Freeling, British postal administrator and book collector. In 1792 he contributed to the founding of the anti-radical newspaper The Sun, and was the managerial head of the british Post Office from 1798 until his death.

From the description of Sir Francis Freeling manuscript material : 1 item, 1820 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 226047441

Sir Francis Freeling was born in Radcliffe Parish, Bristol, on August 25, 1764. His first employment was with the Bristol Post Office, but when the new Palmer system of mail coaches was established in 1785, Freeling was appointed to assist Palmer. In 1787 he joined the General Post Office in London, where he served for almost half a century, rising finally to the office of Sole Secretary.

Freeling's management of the postal service was widely praised, and in 1828 a baronetcy was conferred on him for his public service. He was also a book collector and antiquarian, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a founding member of the Roxburghe Club. He died at home in Bryanston Square, London, in 1836, and was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Sir George Henry Freeling, an Oxford alumnus and Commissioner of Customs.

From the guide to the Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1757-1844,. Autograph letter signed from Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth, to F. Freeling [manuscript], 1818 November 14. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833,. Autograph letter signed from Edmund Kean, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, to Francis Freeling [manuscript], 1818 February 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1757-1844. Autograph letter signed : Richmond Park, to Sir Francis Freeling, 1831 Sept. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Wordsworth, William, 1775-1850. Autograph letter signed : Rydal Mount, to Francis Freeling, Post Office, London, 1828 Feb. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. War of 1812 collection, 1806-1860. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
creatorOf Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836,. Autograph letter signed from Sir Francis Freeling to [Robert William Elliston] [manuscript], 1821 March 23. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn War of 1812 collection, 1806-1860 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Abell, Lucia Elizabeth Balcombe, d. 1871. The Blessington papers : manuscript albums, 1818-1856 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836. Sir Francis Freeling manuscript material : 1 item, 1820 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836. Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. Autograph letter signed Bowles to: Sir February 7, 1834. Wellesley College
referencedIn B. A. G. Fuller autograph collection, 1620-1920. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839,. Autograph letter signed from James Smith, London, to Francis Freeling [manuscript], 1823 October 23 Thursday. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, 1700-1800 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn War of 1812 mss., 1776-1879 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836. Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Clare, John, 1793-1864. Letters : Helpstone, to Francis Freeling, 1821 Feb. and 1824 Dec. 23. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Sir Francis Freeling, [1828] Feb. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872,. Letters and bills to Sir Thomas Phillipps, ca. 1820-1870. Grolier Club
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letters signed (4) : Edinburgh and Abbotsford, to Sir Francis Freeling, [1828] Mar. 11-1830 Nov. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Banks, Joseph, Sir, 1743-1820. Sir Joseph Banks papers, 1763-1830 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Grant, Lewis Alexander Ogilvie, Sir, 5th Earl Seafield, 1767-1840. Letters, 1817-1824. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Grey, William Booth, 1773-1852. Letter, 1835,May 24, London, to Sir Francis Freeling. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847. Autograph letter signed : Kensington, to Francis Freeling, 1818 Nov. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Thomas Frognall Dibdin papers, 1798-1836. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Leigh, Chandos, 1791-1850. Letter in the third person : Stoneleigh Abbey, [Warwickshire, Coventry], to Francis Freeling, 1828 Jan. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836,. Autograph letter signed from Francis Freeling, London, to Pickering [manuscript], 1829 January 3. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Sir Joseph Banks papers, 1763-1830 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Roxburghe Club album, 1807-1936. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Harcourt, Mary Danby, Countess, d. 1833. Letter in the third person : Nuneham, Oxford, to Sir Francis Freeling, 1817 Nov. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeling correspondence, 1794-1841 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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correspondedWith Sidmouth, Henry Addington, Viscount, 1757-1844, person
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associatedWith Wordsworth, William, 1775-1850. person
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Postal service--Great Britain
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Birth 1764-08-25

Death 1836-07-10

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