Messrs Enderby

Scope and Content

  • MS 677;D Memorial, circa 1784 [A contemporary copy or draft, gives summary of British whaling activities year by year since before the American War of Independence] photocopy
  • MS 600/7/1;D Letter to Sir Joseph Banks, 26 August 1788 [Regarding the sending of a ship to the Southern Whale Fishery and information required on a number of points] holograph, photocopy
  • MS 1172;D Letter (copy) to Captain Francis Beaufont, 29 May 1833 [Including Beaufont's notes on the letter, regarding a proposed expedition to be captained by John Biscoe and continue the work carried out by the expedition of 1831-1832] 2 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1172;D Letter (copy) to John Biscoe, 9 July 1833 [Regarding a proposed expedition which he withdrew from] typescript copy
  • MS 600/2;D Letter to Lieutenant Colonel E Nicolls, 16 September 1823 [Regarding the advantages of settlements on New Zealand for whaling] photostat

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the Southern Whale Fishery Company, established by Messrs Enderby in 1849 to revive the whaling industry in the southern oceans and to voyages of exploration.



Alternative Form Available

MS 677;D, MS 600/7/1;D, MS 600/2;D, MS 1172;D are copies

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for the following members of the Enderby family, Charles, Samuel, Mary and George. The Institute also holds collections for The Southern Whale Fishery Company, John Biscoe and Henry Rea.

Location of Originals

MS 677;D Original in Harvard University Library (February 1964), MS 600/7/1;D Original in Library of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London (Banks correspondence) (1982), MS 600/2;D Original in British Museum (Add. ms. 38744, f.314-315) (1982), MS 1172;D Original in the Hydrographic Department (1982)


Geographical Names