The Right Honourable John Wilson Croker 1791-1899 ,Barrister, politician, literary critic, and author, resides on my mother’s family tree. He was an amazing person, and a prolific author. It is wonderful to see so much of his works are now available as E-Books. There are currently over 1686 E-Books available now about John Wilson Croker, on this source alone http://www.abebooks.co.uk/ . Many are his writings, or mentions of his works. See more from this link below at the Croker Papers etc.
Another more informative source is here at http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/crokerjohnwilson/
Guide to the John Wilson Croker Papers, 1791-1899 and undated (bulk 1809-1857)
Barrister, politician, literary critic, and author.
The John Wilson Croker Papers are organized into the following series: Indexed Correspondence, Non-Indexed Correspondence, and Other Papers. The collection consists primarily of letters from English and Irish politicians and personages to Croker, and provide a rich source of material on Great Britain’s politics and government in the 19th century.
About this collection –
The John Wilson Croker Papers span the years 1791-1899, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1809 to 1857. The collection is organized into the following series: Indexed Correspondence, Non-Indexed Correspondence, and Other Papers. The Indexed and Non-Indexed Correspondence Series consist primarily of letters to Croker. The detailed description of the collection that follows this more general overview specifies the distinctions between these two correspondence series. The collection is a rich source of material on Great Britain’s politics and government in the 19th century. Political matters discussed in the correspondence include the following: Canada; Catholic relief; the Church of England; the Conservative/Tory Party; the Corn Laws; Ireland, including its legal, political, social, religious, and economic conditions; naval affairs, including operations in the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812; parliamentary reform; and relations with France and the history of the French revolution. The correspondence also illuminates the patronage system of the early 19th century, the relationships between prominent Conservatives, and the confidence that many Conservative leaders had in Croker’s counsel. Statesmen and other prominent figures involved in Irish affairs or Conservative politics with whom Croker had continuing or considerable correspondence include: William Beresford; Robert Saunders Dundas, Second Viscount Melville; Francis Egerton, First Earl Ellesmere; Davies Gilbert; Henry Goulburn; William Richard Hamilton; Spencer Horsey de Horsey; Robert Jenkinson, Second Earl Liverpool; Bartholomew Lloyd; James Major; Anthony George Perrier; and Charles William Stewart Vane, Third Marquess Londonderry. The Other Papers Series contains a folder on the legal and financial matters of Croker and his family, as well as several folders holding letters and diary entries used by Louis J. Jennings to write the first collection of Croker’s works.
Croker’s interest in French history and politics began with the Irish Rebellion of 1798, which was partially inspired by the French Revolution. On an 1815 trip to France with Robert Peel and William Fitzgerald, Croker began collecting materials on the Revolution and its development into the French empire. His meticulous research about persons, events, and buildings continued through correspondents in France, as demonstrated by a number of items in the collection.
The collection is also a significant source of information on the United Kingdom’s patronage system in the early nineteenth century. Many letters involve appeals for positions or discussions of a person’s fitness for particular office.
A number of letters in the collection also relate to the legal and social affairs of Ireland and the administration of Dublin University. Correspondents include judges, government officials, attorneys, doctors, university officials, and multiple members of leading families. Salient topics in this correspondence include Catholic Emancipation, public unrest, the Potato Famine, and the administration of the university.
Selected letters and diary entries have been published in The Croker papers: The correspondence and diaries of the late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker … secretary to the Admiralty from 1809 to 1830, ed. Louis J. Jennings, 3 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1884). Additional information may be found in Myron Franklin Brightfield, John Wilson Croker (Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1940). For collections related to the John Wilson Croker Papers, see the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
The Croker papers the correspondence and diaries of the late Right Honourable John Wilson Croker secretary to the admiralty from 1809 to 1830 v. 3
Books for sale $250 pounds about Lady Barrow
Book Description: ‘W.B.-M. 26 R. Sq. i.e. William Bramley-Moore 26 Russell Square London Jan. 6th’, 1900. 4pp., ,4to. Bifolium. Printed in gold on shiny art paper, with the two illustrations in black. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The recto of the first leaf carries a memoir of Lady Barrow, ‘Reproduced, by permission, from “The Surrey Comet,” Dec. 25, 1899.’: ‘LADY BARROW – nee Rosamond Hester Elizabeth, daughter of the late William Pennell, Esq., Consul-General in Brazil – was born January 5th, 1810, and was the twenty-first child of her parents. Six weeks after her birth she became the adopted daughter of the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker, who had married her eldest sister. [.] While at Kensington Palace, when she was about nine, she was twice sent for to play with the Queen (then Princess Victoria), but on both occasions she could not be found. As a girl, Misss Croker was celebrated for her beauty, and of her portrait, at the age of 17, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, it was said by Allen [sic] Cunningham, that “men stood before it in a half-circle admiring its loveliness in the exhibition: it was all airiness and grace.” [.] A further entry recalls an interesting reminiscence of the Duke of Wellington: “Twelve Days before the Duke of Wellington’s death, he had gone over from Walmer to Folkestone, for the special purpose of seeing Mr. and Mrs. Croker and Lady Barrow. The Duke won the hearts of her five little daughters by writing his name in their albums. On his return to the station, the Duke handed the ladies in, and insisted on taking the front seat, saying, I must sit opposite to Nony (Lady Barrow).” One of Lady Barrow’s great friends was the late Bishop Wilberforce, who was also godfather to some of her children. [.]’ The central pages carry facing reproductions of miniatures of Lady Barrow, the first by Sir Thomas Lawrence, executed in 1827, the second, by G. F. Zink, made from a photograph taken in 1899. The last page carries two poems, the first, by ‘R. N. B. [i.e. Lady Barrow herself]. titled ‘Written on having passed my Ninetieth Birthday’; the second, ‘taken from an American Magazine’. A final religious sentiment is followed by: ‘W[illiam]. B[ramley].-M[oore]., 26 R[ussell]. Sq[uare]., Jan. 6th, 1900.’ Scarce: no copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. Bookseller Inventory # 13612
It is no wonder I have lived in awe of my parents, especially my mother, with such a proud heritage and legacy our forefathers have left for us.
My parents were my first mentors, and the best mentors, my favourite mentors. I did have many other great mentors throughout my life. I really did stand on the shoulders of giants.