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Nicholls, Norton, 1741?-1809



  • Existence: 1741 - 1809

Norton Nicholls was born in Lisbon on February 24, 1742, the only surviving child of Jane Floyer Nicholls and Norton Nicholls. The family returned to London by 1745, but the elder Nicholls became bankrupt and abandoned his family, leaving only a small annuity for his wife. With the assistance of Charles Floyer, an East India merchant, Nicholls was educated at Enfield School, Eton, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, receiving his LL.B in 1766. The death of Charles Floyer in that year severely reduced his income, and in the following year Nicholls was presented to the livings of Lound and Bradwell in Suffolk, which he retained until his death.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Norton Nicholls correspondence

Call Number: LWL MSS 27
Overview: The Norton Nicholls Correspondence collection contains letters the British clergyman received from friends and acquaintances, and letters he wrote to a close friend, the poet Thomas Gray, and to his mother Jane Floyer Nicholls. Also present is Nicholls's short "Prayer to be use before inoculation" and two letters from Sir Horace Mann to unidentified recipients.
Dates: 1753-1808

Norton Nicholls papers

Call Number: Osborn c467
Overview: The papers document aspects of the life and career of Norton Nicholls, especially his Grand Tour (1770-1773), his friendships, and his family relationships. Major correspondents include Jane Floyer Nicholls, Karl von Bonstetten, Thomas Gray, John Minifie, and Thomas David Boswell.
Dates: 1750-1811