Letters to Sir Horatio Walpole and Charles, 2nd Viscount Townshend

Scope and Content

Letters to Sir Horatio Walpole and Charles, 2nd Viscount Townshend, mainly from British envoys abroad, concerning the conduct of the War of the Spanish Succession and the peace negotiations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton (1678-1757) was a diplomat. Charles, 2nd Viscount Townshend (1674-1738) was a statesman. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The letters were bought from Dobell in 1927.


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. 40077-8.

Related Material

See also Letters from Henry Boyle to Charles, Viscount Townshend (MSS. Eng. hist. d. 147-8).