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Papers of Thomas Pengelly

Call Number: MS 200


Collection of 23 letters and 6 miscellaneous documents: business, family, estate, and other topics, from a merchant and his connections, situated in London, England during the latter half of the 17th century.


  • Creation: 1645; 1652-1703


Language of Materials

English (provincial dialects)

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Thomas Pengelly, merchant, active 1642-1683

The following names are described as "Brother" to Thomas Pengelly the merchant: George Harper; Harper; Samuel Davies or Davis; Samuel Fanne[s]; Samuel Dawes or Davis. Thomas's uncle, Simon Snow of Westwood, refers to "cousin Crew" and "my cousin Simon Trowbridge." Thomas's cousin Snow of Exeter refers to cousins Leach, Trobridge, Walrond, and Taylor.

"Brother" in the case of one of the Harpers certainly indicates a relationship through a sister or sister-in-law; but both "brother" and "cousin" had a very wide application at this time; and "brother" might also mean a fellow guild-member.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case containing 29 items) : Seals (applied) on items 5, 7, 25, 27

Physical Location

MS 200

Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a detailed list by numbered item (1,2, etc).

Custodial History

Acquired as a group. Items 1-17 make what is probably an original group; the others may be later additions. (Items 2, 3, 8, 12, 14, 16 have been docketed in the same contemporary hand with small numbers repeating the day and month.)

Booksellers' notes appear on some items.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

D & E Lake (Toronto, Canada) bulletin 70:91; September 1984

Related Materials

Letters and documents concerning Somerset's legal, financial, political, and estate affairs, MS E74, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Thomas Pengelly Papers
Papers of Thomas Pengelly
Finding aid prepared by alh, October 12, 1984. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2005.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Papers of Thomas Pengelly, MS 200, 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