Thomas Walpole: Correspondence

Scope and Content

MS.Add.8708: 101 letters, 1744-1769, relating in part to Walpole joining Clifford&Sons, Amsterdam, and including letters from Horatio and Robert Walpole.

MS.Add.8709: 85 letters, 1769-1772, mostly from Robert Walpole, Minister at the Court of France, then at Portugal.

MS.Add.8710: 93 letters, 1772-1785, including those from Walpole to his son Thomas, from Paris.

MS.Add.8711: 119 letters, 1781-1783, including letters to Thomas Walpole junior and from Walpole's sisters Elizabeth and Catherine in Paris.

MS.Add.8712: 58 letters, 1786-1796, mostly to Walpole's son Thomas, from Paris and Clichy.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Walpole (1727-1803), second son of Horatio Walpole, 1st Lord Walpole of Wolterton (1678-1757), and brother of Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford and Prime Minister. Thomas married firstly Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Joshua Vanneck; and secondly Jeanne Marguerite Bataille de Montval, Comtesse de Villegagnon. His brothers were Horatio, 2nd Lord Walpole (1723-1809), Richard (1728-1798) and Robert (1736-1810). He was M.P. for Sudbury, 1754-1761; Ashburton, 1761-1768; and King's Lynn, 1768-1784. Walpole spent most of the 1780s in France, following the failure of the financial firm of William Alexander of Edinburgh in 1774, and of his own business.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1988.


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

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Custodial History

The letters originally formed the 'Walpole Papers', Vols II-VI (Vol. I being lost).