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Archive of Richard Bethell


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Comprises correspondence and papers of, and concerning, Richard Bethell, lawyer and politician.


  • Creation: 1819-1924


0.22 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don c. 150, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Don c. 150, c. 150*

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20674


Correspondence and papers of, and concerning, Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Bethell (1800-1873) was a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford. He was called to the bar in 1820 and made queen's counsel in 1840. In 1851 he became MP for Aylesbury and in the same year was appointed vice-chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. The following year he became solicitor-general and received a knighthood. In 1856 he was made attorney-general and in 1861 he became Lord Chancellor, taking the title Baron Westbury of Westbury in Wiltshire. He was forced to resign in 1865. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the library by the Friends of the Bodleian, March 1979.

Archive of Richard Bethell
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom