Henry Gunning (1768-1854) was a Bedell at the University of Cambridge for over sixty years, and in this capacity attended on the Vice-Chancellor at official ceremonies and published the results of votes held in the Senate House. This two-volume work, written shortly before his death, and published posthumously in 1854, was controversial. News of its publication caused consternation about what he might say, and senior members of the University are noticeably absent from the subscription list. Gunning had been active in town as well as university affairs, and, though he includes amusing and perhaps embarrassing anecdotes about Cambridge figures, he is not malicious. He makes it clear that Cambridge was at a low point academically when he arrived as a student, but he lived to see the beginnings of reform in the Victorian period. Volume 2, covering the period from 1795 to 1830, includes the events and friendships of his later life.
Table of Contents
1. 1795. The great flood; 2. 1796. Congratulatory address on the birth of the Princess Charlotte of Wales; 3. 1797. Stadtholder's second visit to Cambridge; 4. 1798. Contribution for the defence of the country; 5. 1799. Singular preservation of a woman buried a week in the snow; 6. 1800 to 1803. Downing College founded; 7. 1803 to 1808. Illustrations of patriotic zeal; 8. 1808. Remarks on Dr. Browne, Master of Christ's College; 9. 1809 to 1817. Kidman's return from transportation; 10. 1817 to 1820. Congratulatory address on the preservation of the Prince Regent from an attack, when returning from opening Parliament; 11. 1820 to the conclusion. Death of King George the Third.