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Manchester papers

 Collection
Call Number: OSB MSS fc.37
Scope and Contents
The Manchester Papers are a group of over 1,000 letters and other documents concerning the professional and political activities of Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester. The collection spans the dates 1697-1737, but the bulk of the material dates from between 1698 and 1708, the years of Manchester's embassies to Venice and Paris.

The collection consists of fifteen albums, two letterbooks, and one box of unbound letters. The items in the albums are arranged in a rough chronological order.

Volume 16 contains copies of letters written by Manchester to William Blathwayt and James Vernon during his service as Ambassador to Paris in 1700-01. The letters provide much information on political events, including the proclamation of the duc d'Anjou as King of Spain, the mounting preparations for war, and the break in relations between England and France following Louis XIV's recognition of James III in violation of the Treaty of Ryswick. There are descriptions of "Jacobite intrigues," life at Versailles, and events in the Low Countries.

Volume 17 contains copies of thirty letters written by Manchester in French between January and April of 1702. They are mainly brief business letters or requests for information. The letters in Box 18 consist mainly of business letters by Manchester to William Blathwayt written between 1699 and 1701.
Language of Materials
In English, French, Latin, Italian and Dutch.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Manchester 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
The Manchester Papers were purchased in 1987 from Sotheby's on Osborn funds.
Dates
1697-1737
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet ((1 box) + 17 volumes)
Related Names
Montagu, Charles, Duke of Manchester, 1660?-1722
Language of Materials
English
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English
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
French
Script
Latin
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Latin
Script
Latin
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Italian
Script
Latin
Language of Materials
Dutch; Flemish