Collection of letters concerning the Jacobite Rebellion of 1722 in Scotland and the North of England

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Contains 4 autograph letters from the Hon. Edward Carteret, Postmaster General, to Charles Viscount Townshend, concerning letters passing through the post suspected of being of a treasonable nature, and written by Jacobites; also, 45 contemporary official transcripts of these suspected letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Carteret, a Cambridge graduate, was Postmaster General at the time of the Jacobite Rebellion in 1722 and Viscount Townshend was Secretary for the Northern department, the seat of the Jacobite trouble. The latter gave orders to the postal authorities for the detention and examination of all suspected letters, hoping thus to arrest the rebel leaders. These letters show remarkable evidence of the vast web of intrigue spread all over Europe at this time in favour of the Jacobites.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The autograph letters are listed in the Letters database