See also:English librarian, was
See also:born at
See also:Hanwell on the 31st of
See also:December 1815, the son of a schoolmaster . He was educated at
See also:Merchant Taylors' school, and in 1832 obtained a
See also:post in thespublic record
See also:office . In 1838 he became an assistant in the fnanuscript department of the
See also:British Museum, where he attracted the
See also:notice of his chief,
See also:Madden, the most eminent palaeographer of his
See also:day, and in 1852 he was made
See also:Egerton librarian . In 1856 he became assistant keeper of
See also:MSS., and in 1867 was promoted 'eo the post of keeper . His
See also:work in re-organizing the
See also:manuscript department was of lasting value, and to him is due the classified
See also:catalogue of MSS., and the improved efficiency and punctuality of publication of the department . In 1878 he was appointed
See also:principal librarian . Under his supervision were erected the new buildings of the "
See also:White Wing," which provide accommodation for prints, drawings,
See also:manuscripts and
See also:newspapers, and the
See also:purchase of the Stowe MSS. was concluded while he remained in office . He founded, in conjunction with Sir E . Maunde
See also:Thompson, the Palaeographical Society, and first made classical palaeography an exact science . He was made LL.D. of Cambridge in 1879, created C.B. in 1885, and K.C.B. the day before his
See also:death on the 2nd of
See also:January 1898 . He was the editor of four volumes of facsimiles of Anglo-Saxon charters from 679 to the
See also:Conquest, The Speeches in the Trial of
See also:Warren Hastings (1859-1861), and a number of other interesting historic documents .
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