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1820s Cambridge Letter Book of Reverend James Shore
[pp] 64 Letter book of James Shore, 1826-1828, shortly afterwards Reverend Shore, the subject of a notorious dispute with church authorities, covering his time at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, including a long discussion of the cost of living addressed to a putative student at St Johns: 'it depends so entirely on the habits, manners and associates of the individual. There are all gradations at St Johns, some indeed by the means of scholarship, Exhibitions, taking Personal Pupils have their terms without being any expense while others are not able to find their way with £1000 a Year.' Shore writes in a difficult sloping hand in a quarto sized notebook, red marbled boards, roan spine largely decayed and upper board holding by a string. After petitioning the Master of Trinity on his friend's behalf Shore's later letters include one to the Bishop of Exeter (1828) concerning his own preferment. Born in 1805 at Haselbury Plucknett in Somerset, he was admitted pensioner at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1824 taking his BA in 1828, marrying Susannah Gream in 1827 to whom many of the letters are directed and subsequently ordained deacon by William Carey, Bishop of Exeter and serving as curate at the parish of Berry Pomeroy, Devon where he came into dispute with the Bishop's successor and, his case by now a cause celebre, was briefly imprisoned. In this volume there are also letters petitioning for an exhibition awarded by the Haberdashers, documents in Susannah's hand laid in recording the birth of the couple's children, an account by Shore of his college exams in May 1827 and others written from Belle Vue in Plymouth.
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