Charles Coleman papers, 1819-1909

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Coleman, Charles.
Title: Charles Coleman papers, 1819-1909
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 398
Extent: .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of British lawyer Charles Coleman, including correspondence, legal documents, a commonplace book, and auction pamphlets.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 1962.


[after identification of item(s)], Charles Coleman family papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles Coleman (1824?-1905?) was the son of Joseph and Sophie Coleman, and the brother of Joseph, Steve, John and Thomas Coleman. He attended Gray's Inn (London, England) in 1851, became a lawyer and later a judge on England's "northern circuit". In October 10-15?, 1884 he married Kate Taplin and their daughter, Kitty Coleman, was born July 6, 1886 at Redcar, the family home. Kate died in 1903 and Kitty married a Maugham, reputed to be a relative of Somerset Maugham.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Charles Coleman from 1819-1909. The collection consists of 265 letters written mainly to Charles Coleman by relatives and friends. Most of them are arranged under the names of the writers: Sir James Lowther who was Mrs. Lagomarsino's mother's godfather and a member of the famous and powerful North England family; Lord Brampton whose title was received during the years of this correspondence; Frederick Pollock and four other Pollocks of the well known Pollock family (6 pages in DNB) famous in military, legal and governmental history of England; other persons, most of whom are in government or politics.

The papers include correspondence on the social, economic, military, and political affairs of Great Britain. Of particular interest are the letters in which Coleman comments upon his travels in China and the opium trade, and letters to and from his family and friends which mention John Wilkes Booth, the Irish question, William Ewart Gladstone, Benjamin Disraeli, and reform class antagonisms. Also includes a commonplace book, legal documents, and auction pamphlets. The materials generally reflect the attitudes of various members of the upper class and nobility during the Victorian era.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Coleman family letters, August 28, 1819-September 6, 1903, and undated. Letters by Joseph Coleman to his wife and by his sons to their mother, and by Kitty to her father.
1 2 Sir James Lowther's letters to Charles Coleman, June 18. 1878-August 10, 1903, and undated
1 3 Lord Brampton's letters to Charles Coleman, November 8, 1879-January 26, 1906
1 4 Fred Pollock (1783-1870) to Charles Coleman, September 29, 1854-May 9, 1870
1 5 Fred Pollock to Charles Coleman, undated
1 6 Charles E. Pollock and other Pollocks to Charles Coleman, 1863-1903
1 7 Miscellaneous letters from various persons to Charles Coleman, 1840s-1870s
1 8 Miscellaneous letters, 1880s - 1900s
1 9 Miscellaneous undated letters
1 10 Commonplace book, kept by Charles Coleman, containing legal notes, quotations, copies of letters, sketches in ink of various characters and animals, poetry (some probably original), shorthand notes and an unfinished ghost story by Charles Coleman.
1 11 Miscellaneous documents, photos, auction pamphlets, leaflet advertising Lagomarsino adding machines and calculators. British coronation program, June 26, 1902.
1 12 Newspaper, The Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, October 27, 1894, p. 1-8. No apparent connection with the Coleman family.