TitlePapers of Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam (1786-1857)
AdminHistoryNote: before 1833 the Earl was known by the courtesy title of Viscount Milton.

Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam was the only son of William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (1756-1833).

He married Hon. Mary Dundas in 1806.

Lady Charlotte Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1807- )
Hon. Margaret Bruce Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1809 - 1809)
Lady Mary Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1810 - 1893). Married Leonard Thompson
William Charles Wentworth-FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton (1812 - 1835)
Lady Frances Laura Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1813 - 1887). Married Rev William Bridgman-Simpson.
William Thomas Spencer Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam (1815 - 1902).
Hon. George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1817 - 1874). Married Alice Louisa Anson.
Lady Anne Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1819 - 1879). Married Sir James John Randoll Mackenzie.
Lady Dorothy Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1822 - )
Hon. John Wentworth-FitzWilliam (1823 - 1824)
Hon. Charles William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1826 - 1894). Married Anne Dundas.
Lady Albreda Elizabeth Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1829 - 1891). Married Fitzpatrick Henry Vernon, 2nd Baron Lyveden.

Charles was the third Earl Fitzwilliam in the peerage of Great Britain and fifth Earl Fitzwilliam in the peerage of Ireland.

He was President of the Royal Statistical Society in 1838-1840, 1847-1849, and 1853-1855; and also President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in its inaugural year (1831-1832).
DescriptionThe correspondence of the 5th Earl consisted of several boxes and cupboard shelves of small bundles and loose letters. The contents of the bundles varied from a couple of circulars tied together or half-a-dozen letters of the same date tied up as received, to a considerable number from a particular correspondent or about a particular subject. Many were loose.

As far as possible the arrangement has been retained, but it has been found necessary to make a chronological arrangement of the loose letters and most miscellaneous bundles. See WWM/G/83. These letters are indexed under name of correspondent.
RelatedMaterialEarl Fitzwilliam's correspondence about the publication of the Bourke and Fitzwilliam edition of Edmund Burke's Correspondence, is listed with the Burke Collection.

With regard to estate Business, there is a good deal of overlapping between the correspondence of the 2nd (4th) and 3rd (5th) Earls, as Lord Milton had practically taken over the management some years before his father's death

Correspondence of 4th and 5th Earls at Northamptonshire Record Office (this is extensive and on many topics ties up with the letters here. Some of the letters have been given a chronological arrangement and many are unsorted. Family, political and minor local affairs are indiscriminately mixed and there are a number relating to purely Yorkshire topics, including the 1807 County Election and the militia).
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