Correspondence of Sir William Lee
- 1755 - 1803
- Guttridge, G. H. (George Herbert), 1898- (Compiler, Person)
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.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases) : Ornamentation: Seals on items: Aa:3, Ab:1, Ac:3-4, Ad:1, Ba:8, Ba:16, Bd:1, Ca:2, Cb:1, Cc:1, Cc:3, Cc:4, Da:11, Db:1, Dc:1, Ec:3, Fa:2, G:1, G:3, G:5, G:7, G:9. Scribbled sketches on items: Ba:7, Ba:14, Da:9 (botanical).
Scope and Contents
This collection consists primarily of letters received by Sir William from his family, friends, neighbors, and business connections, and much of it is political. He is known for state-improvements, and for medicine: the collection reflects the former interest slightly, but the latter interest not at all.
Other Finding Aids
This part of the Guttridge collection appears to have been obtained from Bernard Halliday's catalogue no. 242 lot 363 (Jan 1940) "Lee (Sir Wm., of Hartwell, Bucks) A Collection of Letters addressed to him... about 100 letters in all [QQ.171]." (Catalogue leaf found with G. acq. in Manuscript Records.) All the family names in the Conspectus (except for Greenhill, the Lees as writers, and the "Solicitor-General") are mentioned (although identities and counts are not exact); also mentioned are "and others", and the Wharton letter (now removed to MS 203B:16, since it is not obviously relevant to the Lee family). See MS 203B for other letters owned by Guttridge which might also have been part of this Halliday offer.
It is probable that the source of Halliday's material was the March 8, 1939 sale by Sotheby of "The Hartwell Papers" (the archives removed from Hartwell House). Lot 640 was "Chesterfield (Fifth Earl of) 6 Holograph letters, signed to Sir William Lee…Stanhope (William) 11 Holograph letters, signed…Stanhope (Eugenia)... July 17, 1773 -- Grenville (George) 16 Holograph letters, signed...; and others. (99 items)"
Later additions to the Correspondence of Sir William Lee in June 1989 were sections Ac-Ae (9 letters) found as a group in thr Phillipps collections.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Guide to the Guttridge Collection of Sir William Lee Correpsondence
- Correspondence of Sir William Lee
- Finding aid prepared by alh, 1989; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006; revised by mwh, 2019.
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Correspondence of Sir William Lee, MS 90, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.