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Shelburne, Papers and Letters


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Collection Overview

Title: Shelburne, Papers and Letters, 1734-1783

Collection identifier: 858

Primary Creator: Shelburne

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet

Subjects: Colonial administrators, Colonization, Florida, France, Great Britain, Great Britain, Stamp Act (1765), Great Britain--Colonies--America, Lansdowne, William Petty, Marquis of, 1737-1805, Military, Native Americans, Treaty of Paris (1763), United States--Politics and government

Forms of Material: Copies, Professional papers

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains handwritten copies and typed transcripts of a portion of Sir William Petty, second Earl of Shelburne, first Marquis of Lansdowne's papers. Materials include correspondence, proposals, memoranda, and other papers.

The collection is organized into two series: European and Mediterranean Politics, and Colonial Affairs and the 1783 Treaty of Paris.

The European and Mediterranean Politics series contains diplomatic correspondence between the Sardinian Ambassadors in London and Paris, the Comte de Viry, and M. le Bailli Solar de Brielle. Topics discussed include the Peace of Paris from the years 1761-1763.

The second series relates to affairs in Colonial America and the 1783 Treaty of Paris. Materials include letters, abstracts, proposals, and memoranda. Military leaders such as General Phineas Lyman, General Gage, and Earl of Shelburne discuss potential expansion of colonies into Florida, navigating the Mississippi river, establishing colonies in Illinois, and supplying Illinois garrisons with provisions. Other topics in the collection relate to merchant affairs and administrative matters and costs such as the Stamp Act. Also included is correspondence between American and West Indian governors discussing topics of trade, illegal settlers, and Indian trade and boundary problems.

These records were selected mainly for publication in the Illinois Historical Collections. The original papers are located at the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

Subject/Index Terms

Colonial administrators
Great Britain
Great Britain, Stamp Act (1765)
Great Britain--Colonies--America
Lansdowne, William Petty, Marquis of, 1737-1805
Native Americans
Treaty of Paris (1763)
United States--Politics and government

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Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

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URL: http://www.library.illinois.edu/ihx/inventories/shelburne.pdf

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