MS Eng 1779
Papers concerning the "Snuff Box Affair", 1751-1765: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Eng 1779
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers concerning the "Snuff Box Affair",
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: A collection of documents to support the application for a royal pardon by the survivor
of a 1751 duel.
2015M-8. Purchase with the Endowment Fund for the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection; received:
2015 July 24.
See curatorial file for dealer notes.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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Papers Concerning the "Snuff Box Affair", 1751-1765 (MS Eng 1779). Houghton Library,
Documents relating to a 24 May 1751 duel in London between William Dalton (d.1751)
and Horace Paul [later Horace St. Paul (1729-1812)] precipitated by an argument over
a snuff box at a tea party in Conduit Street, London (England); Dalton was killed
in the duel, and Paul fled to France.
Arranged alphabetically by author or title.
Papers collected by Thomas Blackburne of Hale Hall near Liverpool, who was present
at the tea party, including contemporary accounts and papers concerning Horace Paul's
pardon granted in 1765; includes a letter from Paul thanking Blackburne for his help
in securing his pardon and an account by Blackburne, and other letters.
- (1). Blackburne, Thomas. Autograph manuscript draft letter (signed) to Bamber Gascoyne, Esq., 1765 July 8. 1 folders
Concerns Horace Paul's pardon.
- (2). Blackburne, Thomas. The following is a true state of the quarrel that lately happened between Mr Dalton
and Mr Paul ... : autograph manuscript document, 1751. 1 folders
Also includes an additional manuscript copy of the "true state of the quarrel" circa
Date: 1765? ; and appended with a manuscript copy of
Date: 1751 letter by Miss Green concerning the Snuff box affair.
- (4). Blackburne, Thomas, recipient. Autograph manuscript letters from various others, 1765. 1 folders
All letters concern Paul's pardon.
- (5). A few days since was conducted to his untimely grave the remains of - Dalton, Esq;
a young gentleman educationto the law; but being initled to a considerable fortune
after his father's death, he soon quitted that profession, ... : clippings, undated. 1 folders
- (6). Green, Miss. Autograph manuscript letter (unsigned) to Mrs. Bromhall; Brompton Park, 1751 May 1. 1 folders
Contains an account of the events of the "Snuff Box Affair".
Incomplete at end.
- (7). Narrative of the unfortunate affair between Mr. Paul & Mr Dalton : manuscript, circa 1751 . 1 folders
- (8). "Snuff box affair" : labels and string from original package. 1 folders
- (9). St. Paul, Horace, 1729-1812. Autograph manuscript letter (signed) to Thomas Blackburne; Paris, 1765 July 7. 1 folders
Offers thanks for his assistance in procuring Paul's pardon.