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Sir Paul Rycaut Letters to William Blathwayt


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Rycaut, Paul, Sir, 1628-1700

Diplomat and historian, Sir Paul Rycaut was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire.

The collection consists chiefly of letters by Rycaut to William Blathwayt (1649?-1717), who served James II and William III of England as secretary-at-war and was also William III's commissioner of trade, 1696-1706. The letters contain detailed political, military, diplomatic, and economic information concerning northern Germany, the Baltic Sea, and Denmark, including warnings about privateers fitted out in Hanseatic ports. In addition to Rycaut's letters to Blathwayt, there are four drafts of letters by Blathwayt, letters to Sir Charles Hedges (d. 1714) and others, and letters from officials of the French Huguenot church in Hamburg, the Senate of Hamburg, and a "Mr. Orth" concerning the affairs of the Scotch East India Company and trade in the West Indies and South America.

Letters are arranged chronologically.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

"Letters to William Blathwayt", 1692-1695. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

"Letters to William Blathwayt", 1695-1699. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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