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Finance de l'Angleterre collection

Call Number: MS Q13


Collection of economic and historical essays and statistical charts, written in French, mostly regarding England, written in various and anonymous hands. Fair copies or final drafts (including at least one translation) describing England as a commercial nation: its natural resources, demography, commerce, politics, public finance, etc., often comparing the country with France. Theory of relationship between commerce and government. Some political gossip. Other topics include Swedish and Portuguese revenues; history of English regencies dating from 1077-1509, accompanied by Regency Act of 1751; War of the Grand Alliance. Items 17, 5, 10 appear to be reports from Frenchmen in England; items 1 and 2 are very likely by an Englishman; item 8 includes an Exchequer report; item 14 is a translation of an English pamphlet); item 15a purports to be by King William III.


  • Dates composed: 1751-1754; also 1693-1694, 1736, 1740-1750; dates covered: 1077-1377, 1483-1509, 1689-1754, 1746-1754

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1.5 Linear Feet (21 items in 1 oversize box) : Binding: Items 1-2, 9, 11, 17 each consist of one or more quires fastened with blue ribbons. Items 3-8, 12-14, 18 each consist of one or more unbound quires, possibly once sewn. Item 15 is disbound from a book and resewn; item 16 is 13 loose sheets of notes; item 19 is a folded chart. Script: Various. Hand A: 6, 7, 14, 16; Hand B: 5, 9, perhaps 10, 18, perhaps 19; Hand C: 4, 11; Hand D: 1, 13; others appear to be individual.

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS Q13

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a chronological list of

Custodial History

It seems likely that most of these items were brought together soon after writing; they resemble each other to some degree (except for item 15).Some are numbered in a single hand in what may be 18th-century ink as follows: item 5: "15"; item 13: "17" or "47"; item 3: "20"; item 10: "30"; item 11: "91"; item 4: "92." The present item numbers follow the more recently penciled Roman numerals.

Guide to the Finance de l'Angleterre Collection
Finance de l'Angleterre collection
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1977; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Finance de l'Angleterre collection, MS Q13, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States