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George Pretyman Collection

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Pretyman, George, 1750-1827

Pretyman was an English clergyman, bishop of Lincoln, and a close political confidant of William Pitt, the Younger, who was prime minister of Great Britain from 1783 to his resignation in 1801. In 1803, Pretyman inherited extensive property from a distant relative, Marmaduke Tomline, and took the name Tomline.

The collection consists primarily of material of George Pretyman related to William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806) and others. Included are over 100 pp. of memoranda (one on the resignation of Pitt) and drafts of Parliamentary speeches, with occasional annotations in Pitt's hand; Pretyman's untitled political essay "for Mr. Pitt's perusal"; preface to Pretyman's Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honorable William Pitt (1821); three letters (1806-1809) addressed to Pretyman as Bishop of Lincoln; and a small leather record book concerning single and double votes (by college) for Pitt at the University of Cambridge in the 1784 general election. In addition, there are approximately 50 pp. of financial documents and notes (ca. 1741-1802) regarding subsidies granted by Parliament to foreign governments, including the Queen of Hungary (Mária Terézia), the King of Sardinia, and the Elector of Bavaria, and the payment of a pension for Duchess Elisabeth Sophia Maria of Brunswick; and documents (1791-1805) relating to British politician John Eliot (1761-1823) and his niece. A recent addition is a printed copy of A Catalogue of All Known Portraits, Busts, Engravings from Portraits, &c., of William Pitt (1886) by George Scharf, inscribed by Edward Stanhope to Ernest G. Pretyman. Many of the portraits described in it are identified as being in the collection of Stanhope (1840-1893), a British Conservative Party politician.

Gifts of Mrs. Victoria T. Murphy in 2010-2011.

AM 2010-138.

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This collection was processed by John Delaney on July 27, 2010. Finding aid written by John Delaney on July 27, 2010.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2010
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Collection Inventory

Untitled Parliamentary Notes on Foreign Affairs, 1790s. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Untitled Political Essay "For Mr. Pitts Personal", 1791. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notes Concerning Resignation of William Pitt the Younger, 1801-1802. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Preface to "Life of the Right Honorable William Pitt", 1821. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters Received, 1806-1809. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Documents Pertaining to Grants to Queen of Hungary and Duchess Elisabeth Sophia Maria of Brunswick, 1741-1794. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Documents Pertaining to John Lord Eliot and Wealth of Miss Eliot, 1791-1805. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Record Book of University of Cambridge Votes (By College) for William Pitt, 1784. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

A Catalogue of All Known Portraits, Busts, Engravings from Portraits, etc. of William Pitt, 1886. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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