Papers of John Palmer

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lett. c. 67-127, d. 105-7; Eng. hist. c. 301-2
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  • Physical Description
      66 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Letter-books and papers of John Palmer, consisting of:  

  • Palmer's 'private' letter-books, containing letters written from Calcutta, 1808-34, each containing an alphabetical index of addressees at the front
  • Letter-books (without indexes) containing letters from Palmer, mainly written from Batavia, 1824, 1827-8
  • Business correspondence of John Palmer, with some family letters, 1813-41, newspaper cuttings, 1819-62, and letters, 1890, concerning John Palmer and the Palmer family
  • Account books containing 'private disbursements' of John Palmer, 1825-27

Administrative / Biographical History

John Palmer (1766-1836) of Palmer & Co., India. See N. Tarling, 'The prince of merchants and the Lion City' (Royal Asiastic Society, Journal of the Malaysian Branch, 37 pt. i (1964), 20-40).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1947.


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. 40862-927.

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Sir Reginald Hobhouse, Bart., a descendant of John Palmer.