Papers of John Briggs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. c. 332-40
  • Dates of Creation
      [ca. 1817-35]
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      9 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of John Briggs relating to India, including papers relating to Brigg's residency at Satara, 1826-7; copies of papers relating to the sequestration of Mysore, 1831-2; a draft translation, published as History of the rise of the Mahomedan power in India (4 vols., London, 1829); a collection of Hindu legends; and an album of drawings.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Briggs (1785-1875) was an Indian officer and administrator. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1955.


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. 39966-74.

Related Material

See also Draft of John Briggs's translation of the History of the rise of the Mahomedan power in India (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1035-6).