The diaries were written between 1770 and 1774, and deal primarily with domestic, national, and international political issues and news, including events and politics of Bristol, shipping, government, and the colonies, in particular America.
Matthew Brickdale Diaries
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Matthew Brickdale was born on the 30 April, 1735 and stood as Member of Parliament for Bristol on two occasions, firstly between 1768 and 1774, and then from 1780 until 1790. He died on the 8 September 1831.
Conditions Governing Access
Permission to view material must be obtained through the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.
These diaries have been on deposit in Special Collections since 1948.
Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.
Other Finding Aids
Typescript description available in Special Collections.
Alternative Form Available
Enlarged reproductions of the Brickdale Diaries can be found in the libraries of the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and the Capitol Building at Washington, DC.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to copy material must be obtained from the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.