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Letter to Richard Symonds
Title : Letter to Richard Symonds Letter to Richard Symonds
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Creator : Symonds, Eliza
Source : Richard Gilbert Symonds PRG 268
Place Of Creation : England
Date of creation : 1837
Format : Letter
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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In a letter dated 12 November 1837, Eliza Symonds wrote to her brother Richard, 'What a set of Radicals you must be in your new settlement, on looking over the names of the streets to be found in the town of Adelaide I see O'Connell St., Grote St., etc., etc., which bear a strong stamp of Radicalism ...'

O'Connell Street was named after Daniel O'Connell, radical Irish MP, whose activism was instrumental in ending anti-Catholic legislation and who advocated free trade, prison reform, universal suffrage and the abolition of slavery. Grote Street was named after George Grote, historian, Utilitarian and 'Philosophical Radical,' a member of British Parliament from 1832 to 1841. Both men were advocates of the controversial and ill fated Reform Bill of 1831 - an attempt to reform the British Parliament.

The cross writing employed by Eliza made reading the correspondence difficult but was employed to save money on expensive paper and postage.

This letter is featured on Australia Post's Letters of a Nation website.

Related names :

Symonds, Eliza
Symonds, Richard Gilbert, 1810-1896

Coverage year : 1837
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