Correspondence and Papers of Laurence Sulivan

Scope and Content

Papers of Laurence Sulivan and of his son Stephen, consisting of:  

  • Letters to Laurence Sulivan, 1761-84, with letters to Stephen Sulivan, 1775-84
  • Sulivan family papers, including letters and drafts of letters, with accounts and papers of Laurence Sulivan, 1756-62, and verse by Stephen Sulivan, 1790-181

Administrative / Biographical History

Laurence Sulivan (1713-1786) was director of the British East India Company. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1969.


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. 40019-20.

Related Material

See also Papers of Laurence Sulivan (MSS. Eng. hist. b. 190-1, c. 269-71). There are also sixteen letters to Laurence Sulivan, 1763-82 (MS. Eng. hist. b. 237, see under 'Correspondence').