George Macartney papers
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A member of an old Scots-Irish family, Macartney studied at Trinity College (M.A., 1759) in Dublin. He was knighted and appointed envoy extraordinary to Russia in 1764 and, on his return, entered Parliament, becoming chief secretary for Ireland (1769-72). In 1775 he became governor of the Caribbee Islands (Grenada, the Grenadines, and Tobago), being created an Irish baron in 1776, and from 1780 to 1786 he served as governor of Madras. After being created a viscount (1792), he was sent to China to negotiate additional trading rights for Britain.
This collection is comprised of correspondence, most of which are letters written to Macartney; contemporary copies of official documents, such as military accounts, intelligence reports, minutes, petitions, and bills/acts/treaties; and accounts and bookkeeping. The preponderance of the material concerns Macartney's tenure as governor of Madras. Correspondents with ten or more letters include: J. Barry; Thomas Boddam; William Burke; Allan Campbell; George Campbell; Chocapah; Basil Cochrane; Fred Corsar; Court of Directors of the United East India Company; John Cuppage; James Daniell; C. B. Dent; Edward Edmonds; Mr. Fallofield; C. Fraser; William Fullarton; John Cox Hippesley; James Hodges; John Hollond; Mr. Horne; John Hudleston; John Hutchinson; Eyles Irwin; Richard Johnson; Samuel Johnston; Charles Jones; Ross Lang; William Larkins; George Mackay; John Macpherson; Richard Matthews; John Menziez; Thomas Mercer; Hector Munro; Thomas Ogilvie; William Oram; J. D. Pearse; Permall; Stephen Popham; George Proctor; William Ross; Claud Russell; Sitteram Rauze Bahader; George Leonard Staunton; John Sulivan; Sydenham; Theodore Taner; Tulaja Maratha II, Rahah of Tanjore; John Turing; Wallajah Bahauder, Nabob of Arcot and Carnatic; Edward Wheler; and Morgan William.
Purchased in 1954.
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