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MS Eng 1779

Papers concerning the "Snuff Box Affair", 1751-1765: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Eng 1779
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Papers concerning the "Snuff Box Affair",
Date(s): 1751-1765.
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2015M-8. Purchase with the Endowment Fund for the Donald and Mary Hyde Collection; received: 2015 July 24.
See curatorial file for dealer notes.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers Concerning the "Snuff Box Affair", 1751-1765 (MS Eng 1779). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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