Collection Level Description: Papers of John Palmer
Reference: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 67-127, d. 105-7; Eng. hist. c. 301-2
Title: Papers of John Palmer
Dates of Creation: 1805-35
Extent: 66 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English
John Palmer (1766-1836) of Palmer & Co., India. See N. Tarling, 'The prince of merchants and the Lion
City' (Royal Asiastic Society, Journal of the Malaysian Branch, 37 pt. i (1964), 20-40).
Scope and Content
Letter-books and papers of John Palmer, consisting of:
- Palmer's 'private' letter-books, containing letters written from Calcutta, 1808-34, each containing
an alphabetical index of addressees at the front
- Letter-books (without indexes) containing letters from Palmer, mainly written from Batavia, 1824, 1827-8
- Business correspondence of John Palmer, with some family letters, 1813-41, newspaper cuttings, 1819-62,
and letters, 1890, concerning John Palmer and the Palmer family
- Account books containing 'private disbursements' of John Palmer, 1825-27
The papers were owned by Sir Reginald Hobhouse, Bart., a descendant of John Palmer.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were given to the Library in 1947.
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a
valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see
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. 40862-927.
Palmer | John | 1766-1836 | of Palmer & Co., India
East India Co
Palmer & Co, East Indies merchants
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