Madrid. Hospicio de San Fernando

Scope and Content

A short history of the poor house and an account of its present (1747) constitution and administration; copies of documents (1734-1738) relating to the administration of the poor house under its previous Governor, Gaspar de Molina y Oviedo; a letter of 24 October 1748 to Cardinal Infante, Luis Antonio, asking for financial help to meet increased food prices.

Administrative / Biographical History

No information was available at the time of compilation.


See hard-copy catalogue.

Access Information

Open for research. 24 hours notice should be given before a research visit.

Acquisition Information

Guildhall Library.

Other Finding Aids

A hard-copy catalogue is also available in the Special Collections reading room.

Archivist's Note

Date(s) of descriptions: 2000-02-15 Joseph Gelfer.

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.

Custodial History

In 1928 Phelips bequeathed the collection to the Corporation of London in memory of his sister, Clare Louisa Eliot; in 1950 the Guildhall Library placed it on permanent deposit in the University Library.