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Miscellaneous correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1-17
Call Number: MS 203B


These are miscellaneous 18th-century English letters collected by the historian Herbert George Guttridge (1898-1969). Correspondents include Richard Burke, Juliana Burke French, Mary Cecilia French Haviland, Andrew Crosbie, Catherine Macaulay, the Earl of Buchan, Mrs. Houblon Newton, Luck Kent, the Duke of Richmond, Lord Berkeley, the Duke of Wharton, Lady Jane Holt, etc.


  • 1737 - 1824


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.12 Linear Feet (17 folders)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 4 letters from Richard Burke (1733-1794), three to Juliana Burke French (one dated April 6 and another November 6, 1783) and one to Mary Cecilia French Haviland. There is one receipt from Andrew Crosbie to George Muir, trustee of Matthew Sharp, dated January 3, 1780. There is one letter from Lord Howe to "my very worthy friend" dated August 22, 1737 and a letter from Catherine Macaulay to the Earl of Buchan, dated April 16, 1768. There is a letter from Mrs. Houblon Newton to Luck Kent, dated March 31, 1824 and two letters from the Duke of Richmond, one of which is to Conolly and is dated November 23, 1780. The other is a photocopy of a letter to "My Dear Lord" and is dated November 2, 1777. There are two letters from Suffolk to Eden, one of which is dated January 12, 1773. There is a draft and from Townshend to Lord Berkeley dated July 23, 1727, as well as a letter from Berkely to Townshend. There is also a draft letter from Townshend to Orford, also dated July 23, 1727. Lastly there is a letter from the Duke of Wharton to Lady Jane Holt [his sister], 2 pieces dating from June 17, 1723.

Physical Location

MS 203B

Custodial History

The historian George Herbert Guttridge (1898-1969) collected letters by 18th-century English and Scottish figures, primarily Whig politicians. He seems to have obtained these letters in groups of varying sizes, often from bookdealers. Spencer Research Library acquired the collection through the California bookdealer Joseph Rubinstein following Guttridge's death in 1969. During processing, the Guttridge Collection manuscripts were subdivided, following their original provenance, into the Correspondence of Sir William Lee; the Papers of David Erskine, 11th earl of Buchan; the Correspondence of Mary Holland; and Miscellaneous Correspondence. A group of 154 printed pamphlets acquired at the same time have been cataloged separately as printed works.

Guide to the Guttridge Collection of Miscellaneous Correspondence
Miscellaneous correspondence
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1986; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Guttridge Collection of miscellaneous correspondence, MS 203B, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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