Turgot, Anne-Robert Jacques, Baron de l'Aulne

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing a treatise on usury written by Anne-Robert Jacques Turgot, Baron de l'Aume, Intendant of Limoges, and dated 27 Jan 1770 (at Limoges). This manuscript was probably Turgot's own copy.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anne-Robert Jacques Turgot (1727-1781) became a deputy solicitor general in January 1752 and later a counselor magistrate to the Parlement (supreme court of law) in Paris (December 1752). In 1753 he bought the office of examiner of petitions, and by 1761 Turgot had drawn enough attention to himself for Louis XV to accept his nomination as Intendant to the administrative region of Limoges. He occupied this post for 13 years and there displayed his extraordinary capacities as an administrator, reformer, and economist. He was appointed comptroller general by Louis XIV on 24 Aug 1774, and tried unsuccessfully to institute financial reform.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript quarto. Bound in morocco, stamped with the arms of Turgot on both covers. Gnawed by mice at the bottom of the outer edge.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.


Printed in 1789 under the title Mémoires sur la prêt à interêt (a copy of which is in the Goldsmith's Library as GL 13798).

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