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F. D. Maurice - a life at King's

Arrival at King's College London

a handwritten entrance into the Special Committee book of King’s College London, from 17 February 1846, recommending F. D. Maurice’s appointment as a Professor of DividitySpecial Committee recommendationsIn June 1840, Maurice was elected to the Professorship of English Literature and History at King’s College London.

After six successful years, he moved to the newly founded Theological Department in 1846, becoming one of three Theology Professors.

an extract from handwritten letter from F. D. Maurice to an unnamed pupil. The extract describes the subject of his most recent lectures as the history and literature of England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Letter extract discussing Maurice’s lecturesReflecting on his day-to-day life in the Theology Department in 1847, he wrote to Georgiana Hare, his future wife:

‘I have been working on in my mill since I have been here, but not grinding much. We have a great increase of pupils in the theological department; they now amount to fifty. I give to sets of lectures ecclesiastical to different portions of them; one on the early centuries and one on those after the twelfth. I have also a set of lectures on modern history on the strictest sense, beginning at our own time.’

A picture of the Working Men’s College from Victorian London, showing the street, the college, and surrounding buildingsThe Working Men’s CollegeIt was also the during these early years at the university that Maurice got involved with a major initiative for female higher education.

Inspired by his sister Mary and along with a number of other staff from King’s, Maurice helped launch Queen’s College London in 1848.

Six years later, he would also found the Working Men’s College.

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