Gilpin, Charles, 1815-1874

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Publisher and member of the House of Commons, of London, England.

From the description of Correspondence, 1832-1875. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 122476304

From the description of Charles Gilpin Correspondence, 1832-1875. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19562387

Charles Gilpin (1815-1874), British publisher and reform member of Parliament, belonged to a Quaker family. His father was a Bristol tradesman, and his mother was the sister of Joseph Sturge, the noted Quaker philanthropist. Gilpin was a publisher and bookseller in London until 1853. He became a common councilman for London in 1848. After unsuccessfully contesting the parliamentary seat for Perth in 1852, he won election for Northampton in 1857 and represented it for the rest of his life. He served as secretary of the Poor Law Board, 1859-1865. He was a member of the Anti-Slavery Society, the Hungarian Relief Committee, the Peace Congress Committee, and the National Freehold Land Society. A few letters indicate his involvement in railway management. Richard Cobden and Lajos Kossuth were among his friends. Gilpin married Anna Crouch of Falmouth. Biographical information appears in his obituary in The Times, Sept. 9, 1874, p. 7, and in Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography, I, 1152.

From the guide to the Charles Gilpin Papers, 1832-1875, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Gilpin, Charles, 1815-1874. Correspondence, 1832-1875. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Jerrold, Douglas William, 1803-1857,. Autograph letter signed Douglas Jerrold, West Lodge, Putney, to Charles Gilpin [manuscript], 19th century December 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Charles Gilpin Papers, 1832-1875 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Gilpin, Charles, 1815-1874. Charles Gilpin Correspondence, 1832-1875. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Bright, John, 1811-1889. Autograph letter signed : Rochdale, to Charles Gilpin, 1844 May 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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Great Britain
Publishers and publishing--Political activity
Social reformers
Poor law
Antislavery movements
Prison reformers
Capital punishment


Birth 1815

Death 1874



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