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Collection Level Description: Papers of George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, as governor and president of Fort St. George, Madras

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. b. 173-85, c. 66-118, c. 399, d. 142-3
Title: Papers of George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, as governor and president of Fort St. George, Madras
Dates of Creation: 1762-1790
Extent: 69 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

George, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806) was a diplomat and colonial governor. He was governor and president of Fort St. George, Madras, 1762-92. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of Lord Macartney as governor and president of Fort St. George, consisting predominantly of correspondence, but also including financial papers and copies of various papers.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1964.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 39564-632.

Related Units of Description

See also Additional Papers of George, 1st Earl Macartney (MSS. Eng. hist. b. 241-2, c. 1122-4).

Further letter-books, complementary to this collection, are held by the British Library (Add. MSS. 22415-22464).

Publication Note

Letters from this collection and that held by the British Library are printed in The private correspondence of Lord Macartney...(1781-85), ed. C.C. Davies (Camden Society, 3rd series 77, London, 1950).

Access Points

Macartney | George | 1737-1806 | Earl Macartney

Great Britain | Colonies | India | 18th century

Madras (India)

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