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The Hanbury and Aggs families were prominent English Quakers who were involved in a variety of mercantile and philanthropic activities, predominantly in the 19th century. They were pharmacologists, silk merchant in Shanghai, travelers, and philanthropists (Thomas Hanbury was knighted in 1901 for his philanthropy). The collection contains correspondence, journals, business and financial papers, and other miscellaneous material. Includes Daniel Bell Hanbury's journals of his travels with William Allen, prominent English Quaker and abolitionist, to France and Germany in 1817 and 1822, as well as a visit with Czar Alexander at the Congress of Verona, and Anna Hanbury's journals of her trip to Bristol with observations on glass and pottery manufacture in 1815. Also included is correspondence with Thomas Hanbury, a silk merchant in Shanghai, concerning China trade and events in the Far East, and letters of Anna to her parents during a trip to Italy and France in 1860. Correspondence of Henry and Mary Gibbons Aggs and the 1815 European travel journals of Henry Aggs, are also noteworthy.
Additional Authors and Contributors
1. General Biographical and Genealogical
|Papers of the families not included in Series 2-10; includes general biographical and genealogical material.|
2. Capel Hanbury II (?-1769)
|Primarily the estate administration papers of Capel Hanbury and of the family of his wife, Mary Lunn, including the Lunns and Plumsteads. Capel Hanbury, a birthright Friend, was the only son of Elizabeth Newton and Capel Hanbury, a Bristol soap merchant. Capel, the son, entered into partnership with his cousin, John Hanbury, as Virginia tobacco merchants. In 1750, he married Mary (d. 1793), daughter and heir of William Lunn, Vintner, at St. Botolph's, London. This Series is composed of account books and contracts and probated wills relating to the estates of the family of Mary Lunn Hanbury, including her parents, William and Mary Miers Lunn, sister and brother-in-law, Hannah Lunn Sen. (d. 1807) and Robert Plumstead (d.1760), and their children, Hannah Plumstead Jr. and Mary Plumstead Bevan (the wife of Joseph Gurney Bevan). Joseph Gurney Bevan was the only child of Timothy Bevan and Hannah Gurney, his second wife. The younger Bevan took over the business at Plough Court Pharmacy from his father, and, when he retired, passed it on to Samuel Mildred and his clerk, William Allen. The latter assumed sole control in 1797. Joseph Gurney and Mary Bevan died without issue.|
3. Capel Hanbury III (1764-1835)
|Papers of Capel Hanbury, his wife, Charlotte Bell, and Capel's sisters, Anna Hanbury and Charlotte Hanbury Allen, wife of William Allen. Capel Hanbury, one of at least five children of Capel and Mary Lunn Hanbury of Stamford Hill, was a birthright Friend. Capel and his brother, John, married two sisters, Charlotte Susanna (d.1839) and Elizabeth (respectively), daughters of Daniel Bell and great granddaughters of Robert Barclay. Kitty Bell, another sister, married Johnny Gurney and was the mother of Elizabeth Fry and Joseph John Gurney. Another brother, William Hanbury, was stationed in India with the Army and probably died there after 1780. Charlotte Hanbury married William Allen, and Anna Hanbury remained unmarried. Capel and Charlotte Bell Hanbury had two sons, Cornelius and Daniel Bell Hanbury. Capel became established at Ware as a corn merchant and later as a dealer in malt.|
4. Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794-1882)
|Papers of Daniel Bell Hanbury, his wife, Rachel Christy, and Rachel's family. Daniel Bell Hanbury was born at Stamford Hill, north of London, the son of Capel and Charlotte Bell Hanbury. He was educated by private tutors and at Tottenham Green, and entered Old Plough Court Pharmacy in 1808, under the sponsorship of his uncle by marriage, William Allen. In 1817, he accompanied Allen, his aunt, and George Majolier to Congenies via Paris and Lyons, and, in 1822, with Allen to the Congress of Verona where he observed Czar Alexander I, Metternich, and Wellington. In 1824 Hanbury married Rachel, daughter of Thomas and Rachel Christy of Bloofield, Essex and Clapham, London; together they had seven children. That same year be was made a partner at Plough Court, and the name was changed from William Allen & Co. to Allen, Hanbury's and Barry. Daniel Bell Hanbury retired from the business in 1868 and died in 1882, buried in Wandsworth, London.|
5. Daniel Hanbury II (1825-1875)
|Papers of Daniel Hanbury. Daniel Hanbury was born in 1825, the eldest son of Daniel Bell and Rachel Hanbury. He attended a private school near Croydon, and was apprenticed to his father at the age of 16. In 1857, he passed an examination as Pharmaceutical Chemist, and was made a member of the Pharmaceutical Society. In 1868, on the retirement of his father, Daniel and his cousin, Cornelius Hanbury, became the two active partners in Allen & Hanbury's. However, his interests lay more in research and writing, and he retired from business only two years later. He never married and died from an attack of typhoid fever.|
6. Sir Thomas Hanbury (1832-1907)
|Papers of Thomas Hanbury, his wife, Katherine A. Pease Hanbury, and sons, Cecil and Danny. Born in Clapham the third son of Daniel Bell and Rachel Hanbury, Thomas Hanbury began his career as a silk merchant in Shanghai from 1853 to 1871. While in China, he collected specimens of medicinal herbs for his brother, Daniel. In 1867, Hanbury purchased an old villa at Mortola on the road to Ventimiglia in northern Italy, close to the French border. He married Katherine Aldham Pease, daughter of Thomas Pease, in 1869 and they had three children, Danny, Cecil, and Horace. In Italy, he was honored for his contributions to the people of the area, and founded museums and educational institutions. He also carried on botanical research, and his gardens were visited by royalty. Thomas Hanbury was knighted in 1901 and died six years later.|
7. Thomas III (1822-1896) and Anna Christy Hanbury Aggs (1831-1913)
|Papers of Thomas Aggs and his wife, Anna Christy Hanbury Aggs. Anna Christy Hanbury Aggs was the only daughter of Daniel Bell and Rachel Christy Hanbury. In 1861, she married Thomas Aggs, the son of Henry and Mary Gibbins Aggs, at the Westminster Meeting House. Thomas Aggs was born at Tottenham and had been placed in the Marine Alliance Companies office by Samuel Gurney. He subsequently worked as an insurance broker and charterer of ships. In 1865, he suffered a business failure, but Friends asked to look into his affairs determined that he was not at fault.|
8. Thomas Aggs I (1750-1824)
|Papers of Thomas Aggs and his wife, Lucy Gurney Aggs. Thomas Aggs was the son of John and Sarah Kett Aggs. He married Lucy Gurney (1753-96), daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Bartlet Gurney in 1775 and worked as a dyer.|
9. Henry Agg I (1780-1859)
|Papers of Henry Aggs and his wife, Mary Gibbins Aggs, and of the Gibbins family. Henry Aggs was born in Norwich and was apprenticed as a Girdler, completing his tenure in 1818. Two years later, he married Mary, the daughter of Joseph Gibbins, a banker, at Birmingham. He worked as a Stock Broker and, at his death, was described as a Proprietor of Shares in Joint Stock Companies.|
10. Henry Gurney Aggs III (1866-?)
|Papers of Henry Gurney Aggs. Henry Gurney Aggs was a banker. He married and had one son.|
11. Miscellaneous Materials
|This Series includes materials that are Anonymous or cannot be attributed to another Series.|
Ser. 1. Biographical and Genealogical
|Aggs Family||Box 1|
|Hanbury Family||Box 1|
Includes information on Gurney, Robertson, Wilkie, Gambier, and Murdoch Families
Ser. 2. Capel Hanbury (?-1769), 1733-1894
|[Robert Plumstead?], House Expenses at Clapham||1758-61||Box 1|
|Hannah Plumstead Sen., House Expenses||1761-69 and 1769-90.||(2 vols.)||Box 1|
|[Mary Lunn], Estate Book||1775-1786||Box 2|
|Hanbury [Mary], Account book||1788-1802||Box 2|
|Account Books, 1766-1807||Box 2|
|[Miers/Lunn heir], Account Book||, 1778-79||Box 2|
|Estate of Hannah Plumstead Sen., Cash Book||1807-08||Box 2|
|Hannah Plumstead, Receipt Book (wages & rent)||1790-1802||Box 2|
|Estate of [R.] Plumstead, Ledger||1760-1779||(index)||Box 2|
|Miscellaneous Receipts: Wedding apparel||1747||Box 2 Box 2|
|Estate of Robert Plumstead, 1760-1800||Box 3|
Receipts enclosed, 1779-1800.
|Account Book||1760-79||Box 3|
|Estate Papers, 1749-1804|
|Annuities to Hannah Plumstead and Capel Hanbury||1761-1804||Box 4|
|Estate of Thomas Plumstead, 1718-1764, n.d.||Box 4|
|General||1750-1764 and n.d.||Box 4|
|Estate of Hannah Plumstead (II), 1770-1894||Box 5|
|Inheritance tax receipts||Box 5|
|Indenture bonds||1793-1804||Box 5|
|Bank stock annuities||1770-1894||Box 5|
|Estate of Mary Plumstead||1764 & n.d.||Box 5|
|William Lunn Family||1761-1792||Box 5|
|Joseph Gurney and Mary Plumstead Bevan||1795-1804||Box 5|
|Newberry Family Wills||1736-1748||Box 5|
|Estate Papers, Miscellaneous (Thomas Plumstead executor)||Box 5|
Of Thomas Plumstead, Hannah Plumstead (III), copy of Hannah Plumstead (II)
|Marriage Certificates and Agreements
In ++Oversize files.
|Probated wills, contracts and agreements
In ++Oversize files.
Ser. 3. Capel Hanbury (1764-1835), 1780-1849
|Capel Hanbury to Charlotte Hanbury||1815||Box 6|
|Capel Hanbury to his sister Anna||1803||Box 6|
|Charlotte Hanbury to Daniel Bell Hanbury||1815-38||Box 6|
|Charlotte Hanbury to Cornelius Hanbury||1838||Box 6|
|William Hanbury to his brother and mother||1780 & n.d.||Box 6|
|William Allen and Cornelius Hanbury to John [Barry] and family members
Concerning the death of Charlotte Hanbury Allen.
|John T[homas] Barry to Cornelius Hanbury and William Allen||1816||Box 6|
|Charlotte Allen to Daniel Bell Hanbury||1816||Box 6|
|W. Wilberforce to William Allen
Concerning death of Allen's wife.
|1 May 1823||Box 6|
|[Charlotte Hanbury Allen?], Daily events||1808||Box 6|
|[Anna Hanbury], Daily events||1808||Box 6|
|[Anna Hanbury], Journey to Lanark in Scotland||1814||Box 6|
Journey to Bristol. To attend meeting for the formation of the first auxiliary school society; also includes information on glass and pottery making.
|Account Books & Miscellaneous Papers, 1796-1849|
|Account Book, Anna and Charlotte Hanbury||1796-1817||Box 6|
|Anna Hanbury Estate||1849||Box 6|
|Miscellaneous business and estate papers||Box 6|
|Business and Estate Papers
Probate of will of Ann Reece, Anna Hanbury, exec. Settlement of the John Hanbury Estate Capel Hanbury et. al. In ++Oversize files.
Ser. 4. Daniel Bell Hanbury (1794-1882), 1785-1882
|Correspondence, 1785, 1823-83
Correspondence mostly concerns family affairs, with comments on current events and politics. Some of the letters are addressed jointly to DBH and Rachel Hanbury, and a few to Rachel alone.
|Sent to, 1838-1876:|
|Rachel C. Hanbury
Most letters sent while she was at Egerton, nursing her father. Primarily family news.
|Thomas Hanbury||1861-76||Box 6|
|Anna Hanbury Aggs||1876||Box 6|
Copies of correspondence with Thomas Hanbury in Shanghai, other sons, Barclay and Daniel, relatives, and business connections. The greatest number of letters were sent to Thomas and include interesting discussions about China trade and current events in the Far East.
|1860-70||(4 books)||Box 6|
|Received from, 1823-1882:|
|Thomas Christy||1838-44||Box 6|
|Other Christy family members||1837-42||Box 6|
|Cornelius Hanbury Sen. and Jr.||1868-69||Box 7|
|Barclay Hanbury||1862-1882||Box 7|
|Miscellaneous: Letters written by Thomas Christy to his parents while at school||1785||Box 7|
|Journals, 1808-1860||Box 7|
|Mostly natural science notebook with drawings of insects||1808||Box 7|
|Journals of daily events.||1809-11||(4 journals)||Box 7|
Records daily events to 1812, then travel diary to Ipswich, Scotland and Bristol.
|Journals of daily events||1813, 1815||(2 journals)||Box 7|
|"Journey to Congenies Bourdeaux (sic) & c. with my uncle & party.”||1817||Box 7|
|"Journey to Vienna, Verona, Munich & c. with my Uncle W. Allen.”
Allen went to speak with the Czar and others about slavery.
|"Continuation of Vienna Journey.”||1822||Box 7|
|Journals of daily events||1825, 1826-27||(2 journals)||Box 8|
|Journal of daily events.||1836||Box 8|
|Journey to Switzerland.||1860||Box 8|
|Passports of Daniel Bell Hanbury||1822, 1856 and 1872||Box 8|
|Invoice for clock||1824||Box 8|
|Land lease agreements||1871, 1875||Box 8|
|Accounts written by DBH
Includes account of DBH's wedding.
|Rachel Hanbury's calling cards.||Box 8|
|Hair samples collected by Rachel Christy Hanbury ("my mother's").||Box 8|
|Passport, William Allen
French, includes signature of the Duke of Wellington and the Kaiser's seal, stamps of various continental cities. In ++Oversize files.
Ser. 5. Daniel Hanbury (1825-75), 1831-1874
|Correspondence, 1831-1874||Box 8|
|Daniel Hanbury to his parents
Most while traveling in Europe, the Mid-East, and Asia, particularly in the south of France. Many comments on plants, flowers, and local antiquities.
|1831, 1849, 1860-74, and n.d.||Box 8|
|Correspondence with other family members||1835, 1864-65||Box 8|
Includes his Indenture, 1841, and a death notice.
|1841, other dates||Box 8|
Ser. 6. Thomas Hanbury (1832-1907), 1855-1899
|Correspondence, 1865-1899||Box 8|
|Thomas and Katherine Hanbury to his parents
Concerning China and botanical observations
|Thomas Hanbury to Anna H. Aggs||1876-79, 1887||Box 8|
|Thomas Hanbury to [Henry] Gurney Aggs||1897-99||Box 8|
|Danny Hanbury to family members||1881-86|
|Cecil Hanbury to Henry Gurney Aggs||1881||Box 8|
|Thomas Walsh to Thomas Hanbury||1865||Box 8|
|A[?] to [Thomas Hanbury], Windsor Castle
Note from Queen's Secretary declining invitation to stay at Mentone.
|February 21, 1882||Box 8|
|Miscellaneous: Hair sample. “Danny” Hanbury to Anna Hanbury Aggs||1881||Box 8 Box 8|
Includes an article written to the [Times?] on events in China, poetry, a published description of Mentone, a privately published statement to his friends concerning a misunderstanding over his assumption of the title of Marquis, and several obituaries.
Ser. 7. Thomas Aggs (1822-1896) and Anna Christy Hanbury Aggs (1831-1913), 1824-1911
|Sent to, 1824-1911:|
|Henry and Mary G. Aggs||1824-46||Box 9|
|Sarah G. Gibbins||1874||Box 9|
|Thomas Hanbury||1864||Box 9|
|Henry Gurney Aggs||1884-87, 1911, and n.d.||Box 9|
|Daniel Bell and Rachel Hanbury from Anna C. Hanbury II
Concerning her trip to Italy and France.
|Anna C. Aggs to Thomas Aggs||1872||Box 9|
|Received from, 1864-1885:|
|Sampson Hanbury||1875||Box 9|
|Capel Hanbury (IV)||1864||Box 9|
|Rachel B.Bourne to Mrs. Aggs
Enclosed are 2 photos of Garibaldi with his autograph.
|1870-97 and n.d.||Box 9|
|Penmanship Book (maps tipped in)||1838 and n.d.||Box 9|
|Journal, Thomas Aggs||1839-40||Box 9|
|Journal, Thomas Aggs
Concerning an unhappy proposal.
|1840-41 and 1848||Box 9|
|Business and Legal|
|Investments in American Railroads||Box 9|
|Household accounts||Box 9|
|Miscellaneous Papers||Box 9|
|Memorabilia of Thomas Aggs
Includes copy of will, newspaper clippings, birth certificate.
|Memorabilia of Anna Christy Aggs
Includes passport, death certificate, and Ms. “Instructions for burial of Anna C. Aggs.”
|Newspaper accounts of Aggs weddings.||Box 9|
Ser. 8. Thomas Aggs (1750-1824), 1665-1851
|Correspondence, 1821, n.d.|
|Thomas and Lucy Aggs to Henry Aggs||1821-25||Box 10|
|Thomas Aggs to Lucy||n.d.||Box 10|
|Estate Administration, 1825-51 and n.d.|
|Thomas Aggs I||Box 10|
|Lucy Gurney Aggs||Box 10|
|Sarah Brightwen||Box 10|
|John Gurney Aggs||Box 10|
|Miscellaneous Papers, 1665-1824|
|Silhouette of Thomas Aggs||1824||Box 10|
|Passport, Thomas Aggs||1807||Box 10|
|Will of Thomas Aggs Latin text||1665||Box 10|
|Estate Administration and Business
Includes wills and probates of John Gurney Aggs, Lucy Aggs, and Thomas Aggs, also a dissolution of partnership, 1812. In ++Oversize files.
|1812, n.d.||Box Oversize|
Ser. 9. Henry Aggs (1780-1859), 1815-1875
|Mary G. Aggs to Thomas Aggs||1873-1875||Box 11|
|Henry Aggs to Mary Aggs||1845||Box 11|
|Mary G. Aggs to Henry Gurney Aggs||1870-73||Box 11|
|Mary G. Aggs to Anna C. Aggs||Box 11|
|Mary Gibbins to Henry Aggs||1820||Box 11|
|Mary G. Aggs et. al. to Henry Aggs||1836||Box 11|
|Mary G. Aggs to M. Gibbins||1826||Box 11|
|Mary G. Aggs to Lucy Aggs||1835||Box 11|
|Henry Gurney Aggs to Mary Aggs||1840||Box 11|
|Received from members of the Gibbins Family||Box 11|
|Received, miscellaneous||1820-1854 and n.d.||Box 11|
Mainly travels on the continent. With descriptions of Russian soldiers in Europe.
|Estate Papers, 1824-1871|
|Henry Aggs, copy of will||1858||Box 11|
|Mary Aggs, will and codicil||1870-1871||Box 11|
|Henry Aggs, Pease Trust to Henry Aggs' grandchildren||1824||Box 11|
|Marriage contract, Henry Aggs and Mary Gibbins||1820||Box 11|
|Miscellaneous, 1832, n.d.|
|Narrative on the conduct of Martha Lucy Aggs||1832||Box 11|
|Memorabilia of Henry Gurney Aggs (d. 1846)||Box 11|
|Memorabilia of Mary Gibbins Aggs||Box 11|
|Hair Samples collected by Mary Gibbins Aggs, mostly family members and Theodore Galton||Box 11|
|Memorabilia of Theodore Galton
Theodore Galton was a friend (fiancé?) of Mary Gibbins who died in 1810.
|Memorabilia of Henry Aggs
Includes domestic and international passports, birth, death and burial certificates.
|In ++Oversize Files, 1815, n.d.:|
|Passport, Henry Aggs||1815||Box Oversize|
Includes probates of wills of Thomas Aggs and release of legacy under the will of John Gurney Aggs.
|Business and legal (settlements and grants, etc.)||Box Oversize|
Ser. 10. Henry Gurney Aggs (1866-?), 1887-1914
|Correspondence, 1887, n.d.|
|To parents, during trip to USA||1887||Box 12|
|Miscellaneous correspondence received||Box 12|
|Miscellaneous Business Papers||Box 12|
|Estate Papers, 1902-1914, n.d.|
|Emily Hanbury||1902-1911||Box 12|
|Anna Christy Aggs||1913||Box 12|
|John Smith (brother of Emily Hanbury)||Box 12|
|Sarah and Mary Gibbins||Box 12|
|Sewell Trust||Box 12|
|Collection of Newspaper Clippings||Box 12|
|Other miscellaneous materials||Box 12|
Ser. 11. Miscellaneous Materials, 1790-1894, n.d.
Manuscripts are divided into four categories and miscellaneous.
|Literature, 1790-1856, n.d.|
|“The Remarkable Prophecy of Jacques Cazotte Concerning the French Revolution and Some of Its Principal Promoters Mostly Extracted From the Literary Panorama First and Second Volumes 8mo 1812,”||1813||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|Goff, Dinah W., “It has often occurred to me,”
This manuscript is written on copy paper and could possibly be in the hand of the author; FHL has printed copies of the work, Divine Protection Through Extraordinary Dangers (BX7616.G6D6) but the manuscript varies slightly and includes names which are only initialed in the printed version.
|1856 12mo 23||(MsS)||Box 12|
This album includes entries made as late as 1833; the inside front cover, which was pasted over by the first page when the album was received by FHL, is inscribed “Capel Hanbury” with a short verse and dated 1700.
|[Queen] Charlotte, “Lines Addressed to the Deity”||1807||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|“Account of T. Clarkson Interview with the Emperor Alexander at Aix la Chapelle,”||ca. 1818||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|L.T. to [?]
Concerning the History of the Church of Christ at Langham in Essex by Rector.
|Dec 22d 1791.||(ALS)||Box 12|
|[Thomas Clarkson?], “Substance of a Conversation with the Emperor of Russia at the Ancient Prefecture- Aix la Chapelle Oct 9th 1818”||1818||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|“Some account of the Illness & State of Mind of a young Man..."||1829||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|[Anonymous Friend]. Journal (incomplete)||19th Dec. 1789- Jan. 21st 1790||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|“The Children: Found in the desk of Charles Dickens after his death”||n.d.||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|Humor, 1836, n.d.|
|“A Bill entituled An Act for the Amendment & Explanation of the rules of a Society called “The Society for the Encouragement
of Early Rising”
Humorous parody of bill going to Parliament.
|“No. I MRS MARSHALL FRENCH LAUNDRESS...”
Humorous and bawdy manuscript.
|T. Marsh to Thomas Aggs, “I T. Marsh bequeath this my second volume of my diary...”||(AMsS)||Box 12|
|[Anonymous] “An Artist's pized bill...”||n.d.||Box 12|
|Business, 1797-1894, n.d.|
|Prospectus, Bolivar Mining Company||ca. 1824||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|Thos. Brueton, Will||1797||(Ms.)||Box 12|
|John Phillips to [Thomas Hanbury?] (incomplete)||n.d.||(ALS)||Box 12|
|Certificate of Registry of Death of Alfred Gillett||1894||Box 12|
|[Anonymous]. Account Book (summary of accounts)||n.d.||Box 12|
|Artwork, 1797, n.d.|
|Watch piece. “A Watch my represent the mind of man...”||n.d.||Box 12|
|Prints of Birds
Probably handpainted by members of the Hanbury-Aggs families.
|ca. 1797||Box 12|
|Copper engravings prints||(4 prints)||Box 12|
|Miscellaneous, 1828, n.d.|
|“Daily Food for Christians,” Book signed by Elizabeth Fry||ca. 1828||Box 12|
|Title pages of books with signatures of family||Box 12|