It is because of his connection with Liverpool that the autographed letters of William Huskisson have been collected and acquired by this library. The letters are miscellaneous in content and do not relate to any one subject or period of time. They are arranged below in order of their accession by this library. All are holograph letters unless otherwise stated.
William Huskisson was born in 1770 at Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire and represented Liverpool in Parliament from 1823 until his death in 1830, although at various times he had also represented Morpeth, Liskeard, Harwich and Chichester. Huskisson's career in public life began in the early 1790's when he became private secretary to the British Ambassador in Paris; on the recall of the Embassy in 1792 Huskisson took up a newly created office in helping 'emigres'. Huskisson held a number of other public offices including Under Secretary at War, Colonial Agent for Ceylon, and President of the Board of Trade. Huskisson was taken ill in July 1830 and was still unwell when he travelled to Liverpool in September of that year for the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and was unfortunately mortally injured by a locomotive after the opening ceremony. Despite his widow's wish that he should be buried at his home in Eartham, he was buried in St. James' Cemetery, Liverpool on 24 September 1830.