MS-101: Miscellaneous 18th and 19th Century British Letter Collection

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MS - 101 Miscellaneous 18th and 19th Century British Letters

(1 box,.27 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1771-1887

Processed by: Joshua Stewart

May 2009

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This artificial collection was purchased by Special Collections from The University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, in a duplicates sale on May 20th 1996. The various items in it were de-accessioned from disparate collections.


Because of the nature of this collection, there is no single figure attached as author or collector. However, there are a few names which appear more than once, and are of verifiable historical note. These names include:

John Campbell (June 1723 - 24 May 1806) was created the 5th Duke of Argyle in 1770. He became a Member of Parliament, and was eventually made a field marshal on 30 July 1796. He commanded, among others, the Scots Guards.

Fitzroy Kelly (9 October 1796 - 18 September 1880) was a lawyer, judge and politician. He was successively a King's Counsel, a Member of Parliament, solicitor-general, knighted in 1845, Attorney General under Lord Derby, made a member of the Privy Council and was elevated to the bench as Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer in 1866.

Scope and Content Notes 

This artificial collection consists of 40 letters between various parties, written between 1771 and 1887. The letters share no single origin or destination, and are therefore divided chronologically rather than by subject or author/recipient. Included in the collection is a group of newspaper clippings from the early 20th century pertaining to the Portland Vase, as well as biographical information on the 3rd Duke of Portland. It is divided into three Series, based on the date of each letter. Series I - Letters written in the 18th century. Series II - Letters written during the 19th century. Series III - Undated letters and miscellany.

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