Newport Papers

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  • Reference
      GB 752 SJNP
  • Dates of Creation
      [19th century]
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      300 items including 250 original and draft letters, c1765-c 1862, a draft holograph will of 1827, a selection of financial accounts, receipts and bills (30 items), 1822-1841 and other personal papers, c1831-6.

Scope and Content

Collection of letters and other papers relating to the public and private affairs of Sir John Newport (1756-1843), Irish Politician and Chancellor of the Irish Exchequer, banker and landowner. The bulk of the collection consists of some 250 letters, c 1765-c 1862, addressed to, and received from, some of the leading political figures in Ireland of the time commenting on some of the prominent issues of the day. Included are letters from William Conyngham Plunkett, Earl Grey, Lord Duncannon, Daniel OConnell, John V. Nugent, Thomas Spring Rice, Edward Stanley and Thomas Grenville discussing mainly Irish affairs, in particular highlighting the republican sentiments of the population and the disaffection felt throughout. References are also made to the general European situation and to British politics. Of the personal letters noted, two are from Newport's nephew, Simon, writing from Eton and enclosing some examples of Latin verse with others from Newport's mother, father and brother. Among the miscellaneous papers and memos are a list of books taken to London, a rental of the Bishop's Hall Estate, household expenses etc. The collection also includes a series of extracts from the records of the English Exchequer copied by Frederick Devon, c 1836 and consisting of miscellaneous accounts from the reigns of Richard I, Edward I, Oliver Cromwell, and Charles II. A copy of the original auctioneer's catalogue (Colbeck Radford&Company) of 1937, from which the collection was bought, is also to be found.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Newport (1756-1843), Irish Politician. b. Waterford, 1756. Educated at Eton. Volunteer delegate. MP for Waterford City, 1803-32. acting in consort with the Whigs. Irish Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1806-39. Steady supporter of Catholic Emancipation taking a very active part in parliamentary debates. Died in Waterford in 1843. [Source: Crone, Concise Dictionary of Irish Biography, 1928; Webb, Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878].

Access Information

Open to consultation


Description compiled by Clare McVeigh (RASCAL Project, entered by Deirdre Wildy, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Hard copy catalogue available. See 'Calendar of Manuscripts Western and Oriental' for details (MS7). This calendar is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying permitted depending on physical condition of the original and relevant copyright restrictions.

Appraisal Information

The Newport Papers are particularly noteworthy for its collection of letters dealing with the political life and affairs of 18th and early 19th century Ireland.

Custodial History

The Newport Papers were acquired by the University Library by purchase from the London auctioneer house, Colbeck, Radford&Company in 1937.



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