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Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 65

Scope and Contents

The Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor Papers contain letters, addresses, bills and receipts, and other material relating to the disputed 1768 Parliamentary elections in Middlesex and the mob violence that occurred during electioneering at Brentford. The papers include reports on "Wilkite" plots; depositions concerning the riots; bills for expenses by Proctor's agents for entertainment of voters at taverns, ribbons and favors, and transportation to the polls; and a proposal by Beauchamp-Proctor to John Glynn for a joint declaration against mob violence. The papers span the dates 1760-1771, are arranged alphabetically by type of material, and are housed in two boxes. Box 2 contains Oversize material.


  • 1760-1771


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on the James Marshall Osborn Fund, 1979.


1.55 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection contains letters, addresses, bill and receipts, printed material, and depositions relating to the 1768 Parliamentary elections in Middlesex and the mob violence at Brentford. The letters include routine patronage correspondence as well as items more specifically concerned with the Middlesex election riots, including descriptions of the hiring of gangs by both sides; informants' reports on "Wilkite" plots; and a proposal by Beauchamp-Proctor to John Glynn that they issue a joint declaration against mob violence.
Other documents include depositions concerning the riots; copies of addresses to the electors; detailed bills from Beauchamp-Proctor's agents for entertainments in taverns and inns, ribbons and favors, and transportation expenses; and two printed broadsides for Proctor's side.


William Beauchamp received an M.A. from Oxford. In 1745 he assumed the surname and arms of Proctor in compliance with the will of his maternal uncle, George Proctor of Langley Park, and was created baronet. He served as M.P. for Middlesex from 1747 to 1768, and last stood for Parliament during the disputed "Wilkite" election of 1768. He died at Langley Park in 1773.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted in the box-and-folder list.
Guide to the Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
June 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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