SEELEY, Leonard Benton (1831–1893), barrister and writer. Silver medal.

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SEELEY, Leonard Benton (1831–1893), barrister and writer. CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL MEDAL. Silver, the obverse in a frosted and polished silver design, engraved around the rim "Leonardo B. Seeley literis humanioribis non leviter imbuto. MDCCCXLVII". In a blue medal box (not the original). 58mm EF.

Leonard Benton Seeley, barrister and writer, was the eldest son of Robert Benton Seeley (1798–1886), publisher and author, and Mary Anne Jackson (1809–1868). He was educated at the City of London School (this medal awarded in 1848) and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1852 and MA in 1855. He was elected fellow of Trinity College in 1854 and called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in the following year. He practised as a conveyancer and equity draftsman, and in addition from 1862 to 1869 he was professor of modern history at Bedford College for Women, London. He wrote a number of popular biographies including Horace Walpole and his Works (1884), Fanny Burney and her Friends (1890), and Mrs Thrale, afterwards Mrs Piozzi: a sketch of her life and passages from her diaries, letters & other writings (1891). He died in 1893, leaving a widow, Caroline Blackwell Seeley. (ODNB)

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