This collection contains transcripts of the papers of Sir William Petty, second Earl of Shelburne, first Marquis of Lansdowne. The three bound volumes in this collection are complete transcripts of the correspondence of the Sardinian Ambassadors at London and Paris, the Comte de Viry and M. le Brilli Solar de Breille. They cover the period when Shelburne served as Secretary of State for the Southern Department, and include letters, abstracts, memoranda, estimates and plans for new settlements. Subjects discussed are administrative matters and costs, Indian trade and problems, rations and quarters for troops, colonial conditions, religious matters and the government of Quebec.
These records were selected mainly for publication in the Illinois Historical Collections. The originals are in the Shelburne Collection of the William L. Clements Library of the University of Michigan.