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MS Eng 1679

Autographs of British politicians, 1691-1788: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1679
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Autographs of British politicians,
Date(s): 1691-1788 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph collection of 17th and 18th-century British politicians.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Found with: MS Storage 281. Collection materials assembled by Carolyn Jakeman.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Autographs of British Politicians, 1691-1788 (MS Eng 1679). Houghton Library, Harvard University.


Arranged in order as received.

Scope and Contents

Collection of autograph manuscript signatures of British politicians, cut from 17th and 18th-century British documents. Cuttings were pasted onto separate sheets of paper and labeled: No. 1 through No. 58. Each cut page has multiple signatures. Includes signatures of prime ministers, members of Parliament, and government officials, including George Grenville, Lord Frederick North, Henry Pelham, and Robert Walpole, among many others.
Collection also included typescript list, item (59). This list includes page references to each autograph, titles and positions held by these persons, and birth and death dates. Some sheets include dates and the compiler of this list has assumed that every signature on that page was signed on that date. These dates have been retained in cataloging below.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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