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Correspondence and papers relating to Editors of The Economist , 1838-2013 and n.d. [c.1850]

MS. Economist 359

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  1. correspondence of Helen Mann with Louise Halsey, great great granddaughter of James Wilson, relating to letters and other Wilson family materials, and to Wilson's grave in Calcutta, 2007-2009
  2. letters received by James Wilson, 1838-1860 and n.d. [c.1850]
  3. letters received by James Wilson from [Charles] Canning, [Earl Canning, Governor-General of India], Jan-May 1860, during his time as financial member of the Council of India, tasked with establishing a tax structure and a new paper currency, and remodelling the finance system; and a draft letter from Wilson to Canning informing him of his acceptance of the post, 28 Jul 1859, 1859-1860
  4. invitations, envelopes and other items addressed to the Wilson family, 1847-1859 and n.d. [c.1850]
  5. correspondence and papers of Helen Mann, 1990-1991, relating to the movement of a statue of James Wilson from the Standard Chartered Bank, Bishopsgate, London, to the offices of The Economist . [Wilson was a founder of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, which merged with the Standard Bank in 1969.]
  6. correspondence and papers, probably of Helen Mann, relating to the Bagehot Memorial Fund for the restoration and maintenance of the grave of Walter Bagehot in Langport, Somerset, and to commemorate his life and work, 1994-2013
  7. correspondence and papers of Helen Mann relating to a portrait of Robert Henry Inglis Palgrave, Editor 1877-1883, by Georgina Brackenbury, 2008


  • 1838-2013 and n.d. [c.1850]


1 box (7 folders)


MS. Economist 359

Custodial History

Files relating to the papers and artefacts of the Wilson family, the statue of James Wilson, and the portrait of Robert Henry Inglis Palgrave were kept by Helen Mann, acting as company archivist. The file relating to the Bagehot Memorial Fund was probably also kept by her.

The letters of James Wilson and other items addressed to the Wilson family (3 folders) were received by The Economist from Louise Halsey, Wilson's great great granddaughter, in 2008.

Related Materials

Correspondence of James Wilson and family, 1840-1924, purchased by the Bodleian Library from John Wilson (Autographs) Ltd. in 1979, is catalogued as shelfmarks MSS. Eng. lett. d. 468-9.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom