Marsh, Stracey, Fauntleroy and Graham

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence relating to the banking house of Marsh, Stracey, Fauntleroy and Graham, 1811-1825, comprising five letters, 1811-1817, from J.H. Stracey, with one of Henry Fauntleroy, to Sir James Sibbald, concerning the latter's business affairs; copies of the papers of Henry Fauntleroy and his confessions, 1824, including a list of Fauntleroy's forgeries and 'non-investment of stock', as well as Fauntleroy's property and its value; letters and papers, 1824-1825, relating chiefly to the efforts of Messrs Marsh, Stracey, Fauntleroy and Graham to satisfy the creditors involved in the collapse of the bank following the trial and execution of Fauntleroy for forgery in 1824, including some to Robert Scott, one of the assignees; drafts of letters to newspapers from members of the partnership protesting their ignorance of the forgeries, and some sheets of rough notes, apparently relating to the losses of certain creditors of the bank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Fauntleroy (1784-1824) succeeded his father as managing partner in the banking house of Marsh, Stracey, Fauntleroy and Graham, situated in Berners Street, London. Fauntleroy speculated on the stock market, suffered heavy losses, and committed forgery to cover his losses. He was arrested in September 1824, tried and found guilty of forging with intent to defraud the Bank of England and other parties of around £20,000, and after unsuccessful appeals was hanged at Newgate on 30 Nov 1824.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Bought from W. Myers & Co. in 1966.

Other Finding Aids

Collection level description.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.