Spencer Perceval: Correspondence

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the ministries of the Duke of Portland (1807-1809) and Spencer Perceval (1809-1812), scandals involving the Princess of Wales and Duke of York, the ill-fated Walcheren expedition (1809), George III's mental illness, and the formation of the Regency (1811). There are letters from the King, Queen, Prince and Princess of Wales, Earls of Liverpool and Eldon, and many politicians. There are also drafts of Perceval's letters, including correspondence on the formation of his ministry in 1809.

Administrative / Biographical History

Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) was Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1807-1809, and Prime Minister, 1809-1812. He was assassinated in Parliament, 11 May 1812.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Purchased 1988.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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