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John Chardin correspondence and documents

Call Number: GEN MSS 216

Scope and Contents

The John Chardin Correspondence and Documents consist of correspondence, accounts, bills of lading, and other documents by or pertaining to John Chardin, his wife, Lady Chardin, and his brother, Daniel Chardin. Many papers relate to India and the East India Company, including letters and documents concerning Thomas Pitt, Elihu Yale, Alvarez de Fonseca, and Nicolo Manuchi. The collection is accompanied by brief notes of a former owner.

The collection is housed in five boxes and one portfolio and is organized into two series: Unbound Letters and Documents and Bound Volumes . Boxes 4-5 and the portfolio contain oversize material.

Folder titles enclosed in quotation marks were transcribed from volume spines. Descriptive notes for single documents and volumes were taken from descriptions prepared by a former owner. These notes may not fully represent the contents of an item. For example, volumes titled "letters" or "correspondence" may also contain bills of lading, accounts, or other documents. Most volumes contain items relating to Daniel Chardin and Lady Chardin, as well as John Chardin.


  • 1671 - 1719


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfilm; however, it was filmed prior to the current arrangement. All materials described are present, but they appear on microfilm in the order listed in Notes of a former owner, located in box 3, folder 23.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Chardin Correspondence and Documents 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

Gift of William Sloane, 1921.


3.62 Linear Feet (5 boxes and 1 portfolio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Correspondence, manuscript accounts, printed bills of lading completed in manuscript, and other manuscript documents of Sir John Chardin, his wife, Lady Chardin, his brother, Daniel Chardin, and others. Most letters and documents are bound in volumes; also present are a few unbound items. Many letters and documents relate to India and the East India Company, including items concerning Thomas Pitt, Elihu Yale, Alvarez de Fonseca, and Nicolo Manuchi. Accompanied by brief notes of a former owner.


John Chardin, 1643-1713, was born in Paris and travelled in the Near East as a merchant and jeweller. He later settled in England and was an agent to the East India Company. Chardin was the author of Journal du voyage du chevalier Chardin en Perse & aux Indes Orientales, par la Mer Noire & par la Colchide (1686).

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.

Guide to the John Chardin Correspondence and Documents
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
July 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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