18th Century. Archive of documents regarding Robert Walpole, collected by British bibliomaniac Sir Thomas Philipps; five manuscript documents by multiple authors:
Manuscript 1: 2 folio leaves folded into 9pps commentary on clipped newspaper article comparing John Stuart (3rd Earl of Bute, 1713-1792) to William Pitt (1st Earl of Chatam, 1708-1778). The article is circa 1763. According to a note on the reverse of the first leaf these comments are made by “Mr. J.C.”
Manuscript 2: 1 folio leaf folded into 4pp. According to a penned note on the recto of 1st page “Mr. J.C.’s remarks on La H’s Walpoleana” J.C. apparently was asked to be a trustee of Oglethorpe’s Georgia Plan but declined as he also declined a part in the “British —-hery”
Manuscript 3: 6 folio leaves folded into 20pp. Ms of Lord Hardwicke’s “Walpoleana.” Philip Yorke (Earl of Hardwick 1720-1790) published this work in 1783.
Manuscript 4: 3 folio leaves folded into 12pp. “Remarks on a Pamphlet called Political Debates Particularly that part of it pretended to have been spoke by Mr W.P. (Wm. P.H).” Paper same as item #1 presumably same hand. Also by Mr. J.C?
Manuscript 5: 1 folio leaf folded into 4pp apparently incomplete. A ms of a speech to Parliament? on the “Embargo laid on Wheat and Wheat flour by the Kings Order in Counsel Sept 26, 1766.”
Manuscript 6: 2 folio leaves folded into 8pp. A copy of a “Paper delivered to the D. of Newcastle May 15, 1757.” Duke of Newcastle (Sir Thomas Pelham-Hollis, 1693-1768). Pitt fell in April, Newcastle joined with him and Pitt rose again in June. This letter supports Newcastle in joining P.H.
Items housed in Philipps' presumed original folder, with his archive number 9104; some wear and soiling to folder; most manuscripts breaking at horizontal center folds; RW consignment; shelved Case 0.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (1792-1872), was an English antiquary and book collector who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th century. Large parts of his collection currently reside in institutions across Europe and North America.