Diplomatic Correspondence of William Henry Zuylestein

Scope and Content

Diplomatic correspondence of William Henry Zuylestein during his Turin embassy, consisting of:  

  • Letters from consuls in the Italian states, 1749-54
  • Drafts of Rochford's replies, 1749-52, 1754
  • Drafts of letters to secretaries of state, 1749-53
  • Drafts of letters from Rochford to various correspondents, 1749-55

Administrative / Biographical History

William Henry [Nassau de] Zuylestein, 4th Earl of Rochford (1717-1781) was a statesman. In 1749 he was sent as envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the king of Sardinia. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The papers were bought at Sothebys in 1975.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 41391-5.

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