Correspondence of Henry Dundas and Robert Saunders Dundas

Scope and Content

Letters, mainly to the 1st and 2nd Viscounts Melville, relating to the West Indies.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville (1802). Politician, Secretary of State for Home Affairs (1791-1794), Secretary of State for War (1794-1801).

Robert Saunders Dundas (1771-1851), 2nd Viscount Melville. Politician, son of Henry Dundas.

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to the Dictionary of National Biography .

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Listed as no. 178 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

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Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).