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Queen Victoria Letter

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Oct 2010

Biographical History

George Peabody (1795-1869) of was an American businessman and philanthropist from Boston, Massachusetts. He gave generously to numerous social causes such as libraries, education, housing for the poor, and founded the Peabody Institute.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Queen Victoria Letter consists of a letter (in the third person) from Queen Victoria to George Peabody of Boston, thanking him for his gift of $2.5 million to be used for model housing for London's working poor. The Queen later offered Peabody a baronetcy or the Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, both of which he declined.

Although the letter appears to be dated 1886, as Peabody died in 1869 it is more likely the date is 1866.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Peabody, George, 1795-1869.
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901.


Humanitarianism -- United Kingdom.
Humanitarianism -- United States.
Merchants -- United States.
Philanthropists -- United States.
Urban poor -- Housing -- United Kingdom.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Queen Victoria Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1970.

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