Notebooks of Sir William Hamilton

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. g. 3-16; Eng. misc. e. 105
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Scope and Content

Notebooks of Sir William Hamilton consisting of:  

  • Orderly books of the 4rd Regiment of Foot Guards in Holland, 1747-8
  • Notebooks of extracts made by Hamilton in 1764 from Sir James Gray's correspondence with secretaries of state when envoy to Naples, 1754-64
  • Deciphered copies of letters to Hamilton as envoy to Naples, 1765-8
  • Hamilton's memoranda on his correspondence as envoy, 1783, 1789-93
  • Notebook containing lists of subjects of works of art, not in Sir William's hand

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was a diplomat and archaeologist. He was an officer in the 3rd Regiment of the Foot Guards, 1747-58, and British envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the court of Naples, 1764-1800. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Acquisition Information

The notebooks were bought from P.J. & A.E. Dobell in 1921.


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. 40359-73.

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