Edward Harley, 3rd Earl of Oxford: Diary of Proceedings in Parliament

Scope and Content

Diary of proceedings in parliament, 16 April 1734 - 17 January 1751, 284 folios. The diary comprises two volumes which have been bound into one. The versos are mainly blank. Inside the front cover: '21888 Ph B44.563' (in pencil). There is an index to vol. 1 at fos 139v-142. Fo. i v (vol. 2) has notes in the text hand. Fo. 1: 'from Puttick sale 1849'. Fos i in both volumes have the label '268/2' (19th century).

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Harley (c. 1699-1755), 3rd Earl of Oxford and Earl of Mortimer, and Baron Harley of Wigmore, was the son of Edward Harley, of Eywood, in Titley, Herefordshire, and Sarah, third daughter of Thomas Foley, of Whitley, Herefordshire. He was educated at Westminster, and Christ Church, Oxford (M.A.; D.C.L., 1737), and succeeded to the peerage on 16 June 1741. He was Tory M.P. for Herefordshire, 1721-1741; High Steward of Hereford, 1746; and Harleian Trustee of the British Museum, from 1753 until his death. Harley died at Bath on 11 April 1755, and was buried at Brampton.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir Stephen Gaselee, 1935.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Harley in George E. Cokayne, The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdon, Vol. X (London, 1945), p. 268.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was previously part of the Phillipps collection, MS 21888.