Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Viscounts Melville Papers, 1600-1851

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, May 2011

Summary Information
Title: Viscounts Melville papers
Creator: William L. Clements Library
Inclusive dates: 1600-1851
Bulk dates: 1780-1830
Extent: 14 linear feet
Abstract:
The Viscounts Melville papers contain the letters of British statesman Henry Dundas, 1st viscount Melville, and of his son Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd viscount Melville, first lord of the admiralty. The collection contains incoming correspondence and some copies of letters and drafts of memoranda by the Melvilles. The papers are almost entirely political in nature and deal with English, Scottish, American, Indian, and European affairs.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1932-1992. M-124, M-944, M-986, M-992, M-1012, M-1121, M-1319, M-1322, M-1329, M-1437, M-1870, M-1957, M-1966, M-2491, M-2761, M-2773.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Viscounts Melville Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series

  • Series I: Correspondence and Documents
  • Series II: Bound Volumes

Series I is ordered chronologically with undated items at the end.


Biography

Henry Dundas, 1st viscount Melville (1742-1811) was born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh University. He began practicing law in 1763, and three years later became solicitor general for Scotland. Melville entered Parliament for Edinburghshire in 1774, and within a year was appointed lord advocate. In 1777, he was made joint keeper of the signet.

Melville proved to be an effective spokesperson for the North ministry, supporting the American War, arguing against any acknowledgment of American independence, and opposing economic reform. In 1781, Melville began his long involvement in India affairs as chairman of the secret committee investigating the Carnatic Wars. In the second Rockingham ministry, Dundas continued as lord advocate and was a member of the Privy Council. Under the Shelburne administration, Dundas was made treasurer of the navy, and held the position from 1782 to 1800. In 1783, he returned to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Edinburghshire, and spoke in defense of Shelburne's peace preliminaries. Melville served as lord of trade from 1784 to 1786, and over the next twenty years held various prominent positions, such as William Pitt's secretary of state for the Home Office (1791-1794), president of the Board of Control for Indian Affairs (1793-1801), secretary at war (1794-1801), and first lord of the admiralty (1804-1805). As a military leader, Melville played a major role in the conduct of the war with France. Politically, he dominated Scottish politics in Parliament, defended government control of the East India Company, and opposed abolishing the British slave trade. He was forced to resign from the Admiralty in 1805 when accused, and later acquitted, of misappropriating funds.

Melville married Elizabeth Rannie (d.1847) in 1765, and through her gained the title of Melville. They divorced in 1778, and in 1793 he married Lady Jane Hope (d.1823). He was created Viscount Melville in 1802.

Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd viscount Melville (1771-1851), was the only son of Henry Dundas and Elizabeth Rannie. He entered politics as private secretary to this father, and was elected to Parliament for Hastings in 1794, for Rye in 1796, and for Edinburghshire in 1801. That same year he was appointed joint keeper of the signet for Scotland. In 1807, the Duke of Portland appointed him president of the Board of Control for Indian Affairs, and he remained in the position throughout the Perceval ministry. Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson, Lord Liverpool, made Robert Dundas first lord of the admiralty, an office he held from 1812 to 1830. During his admiralty tenure, he oversaw British naval operations against the Americans during the War of 1812, and against the French, including the Battle of Trafalgar. He also managed Britain's peacetime drawdown of naval forces.

Robert married Anne Saunders (d. 1841) in 1796 and took her name. Together they had six children, including Henry Dundas, later 3rd viscount Melville.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Viscounts Melville papers (14 linear feet) contain the letters of British statesman Henry Dundas, 1st viscount Melville, and his son Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd viscount Melville, first lord of the admiralty. The collection contains approximately 1,500 Henry Dundas items and 850 Robert Dundas items, and is primarily comprised of incoming official correspondence, some copies of outgoing letters, and drafts of memoranda by the Melvilles. The papers are almost entirely political in nature and deal with English, Scottish, American, Indian, and European affairs.

The Henry Dundas papers chiefly concern British political affairs and military engagements in France, America, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Russia, Spain, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Minorca, Portugal, Corfu, Trieste, Malta, Sicily, the West Indies, the East Indies, and South America. The majority of these span 1794 to 1805, and relate to his tenure as secretary at war and first lord of the admiralty.

Included in the collection are:

  • Diplomatic correspondence
  • Memoranda on British trade
  • Letters dealing with Indian and British patronage
  • Military intelligence reports, defense plans, and secret naval memoranda concerning the war with France
  • Secret reports on internal affairs of France covering 1791 to 1795 from his nephew George Buchan, Financier Walter Boyd, and J. Bedinfield
  • Intelligence on English prisoners of war in France, including details on the treatment of prisoners
  • Memorials that provide details on individual service member's careers
  • Dealings with the Danish East India Company
  • Miscellaneous naval material, such as reports on ship construction and repairs and on the fleets of other nations

American affairs consumed much of Melville's attention in the 1780s and 1790s while he served on the Committee of the Private Council for Trade and Foreign Plantations. Topics discussed include compensation claims from American Loyalists for losses during the war, and claims of British merchants against Americans for unpaid debts incurred during the war. Of particular interest are the letters between Melville and Grenville that relate to American debt issues (1785-1805 with a concentration in 1792). Also of note are letters from Thomas Jefferson and members of Congress concerning the 1794 Jay Treaty between England and the United States. Also present are the trial briefs prepared for Dundas' defense during his 1806 impeachment proceedings.

Below is a selection of notable items:

  • January 14, 1735: Report to the Great Britain Board of Trade on the state of American and West Indies commerce and fortifications, covering 1734-1735 (40 pages)
  • May 5 and July 14, 1763: Secretary of State Charles Wyndham, 2nd earl of Egremont to the Privy Council, concerning trade in the American colonies after the French and Indian War and a proposal to create a frontier military force
  • June 12, 1784: Dr. John Halliburton to Henry Melville, relating his struggles as a Loyalist who fled from Rhode Island to Halifax during the American Revolution
  • July 10, 1791: Lady Eglantine Wallace's account of the plan for the French Royal Family’s attempted escape
  • November 19, 1794: Draft of the Jay Treaty (American Treaty of Commerce, signed by Lord Grenville, along with a copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Hammond regarding the treaty, 81 pages)
  • August 3, 1798: Mary Scott's description of the young King of Prussia
  • July 18, 1799: Anonymous letter from a secret service agent in Göttingen concerning "cloak and dagger" operations to send intelligence through Frankfurt
  • June 29, 1804: Secret intelligence from Admiral William Cornwallis concerning attacks on Brest and plans to burn the French fleet there
  • October 17, 1807: William Sweetland's report on the Barbary Coast enclosed in a Sir Charles Flint letter

The Robert Dundas Melville papers relate primarily to his office as first lord of the admiralty from 1812 to 1830. These include material concerning the War of 1812, and secret admiralty memoranda documenting ship locations and movements, strength of forces, and instructions to and from various British admirals. Notably, Melville received copies of intercepted letters from Albert Gallatin, John Quincy Adams, John Speyer, S. Bourne, and R. G. Beasley to President James Madison from 1813 to 1814. The collection also provides insights into American-British tensions in the Great Lakes region in the years after the war. Between 1815 and 1820, Melville received many reports and letters related to the treatment of scurvy in the navy.

Below is a selection of notable items:

  • June 6, 1812: Lord Keith's "Observations upon the Coast of America"
  • January 6, 1813: Richard Bickerton concerning proposed attacks on Boulogne and Dieppe
  • October 6, 1813: Admiral George Tate to Robert Melville containing a complete list of the Russian fleet
  • November 23, 1813: George Campbell's plans for constructing naval vessels in the Great Lakes, with detailed ship diagrams
  • February 26, 1814: Britain Navy Commissioner Samuel Bentham's detailed report on the Battle of Lake Erie (25 pages)
  • July 15, 1814: Charles and George Baillie's presentation of a petition for abolishing the British slave trade
  • March 1815: Many letters concerning the Duke of Orleans's plan to escape England
  • November 1815: Dr. William Beaty's letter on the value of providing lemon juice and vinegar to sailors for health at sea
  • April 25-August 6, 1820: Anthony Maitland, 10th earl of Lauderdale, to Robert Melville concerning Trieste and Malta with detailed information on affairs
  • August 25, 1823: Account of scurvy patients received yearly at naval hospitals at Haslar, Plymouth, Yarmouth, Deal, and Paington for the years 1803-1822
  • 1825: Lord Auckland's report on prize ship laws

The Bound Volumes series (7 volumes) is comprised of the following material:

  • The Melville Correspondence, 1780-1830 (146 items), containing official letters to and from the viscounts Melville
  • Frederick Duke of York letters to Melville (32 letters), relating to militia and military matters, and including a color portrait of the Duke, and 1804 and 1810 accounts for field work expenses incurred by the Home Office, covering the years 1795 to 1803
  • "Precis of Mr. Dundas's Correspondence with the Several Departments of his Majesty's Government," covering the Portland and Perceval ministries (46 pages), March 1807-July 23, 1810
  • Four bundles of military letters and documents concerning conflicts in Europe, covering the years 1793, 1794, 1795, and 1804-1813
Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Admiralty--Great Britain.
    • American loyalists.
    • Danske ostindiske kompagni.
    • East India Company.
    • France. Armée--History--Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815.
    • Great Britain--Commerce.
    • Great Britain--Foreign relations--18th century.
    • Great Britain--Politics and government--19th century.
    • Great Britain. Royal Navy.
    • Great Britain. Treaties,etc. United States, 1794 Nov. 19.
    • Great Lakes (North America)--History, Naval.
    • India--History--19th century.
    • Lake Erie, Battle of, 1813.
    • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815.
    • Politicians--Great Britain.
    • Portugal--History--1789-1900--Sources.
    • Russia--History, Naval.
    • Scurvy.
    • Spain--History--18th century.
    • United States--History--War of 1812.
    • West Indies--History--18th century.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Brest (France)
    • Frederick Augustus, Prince, Duke of York and Albany, 1763-1827.
    Contributors:
    • Abercromby, Alexander Abercromby, Lord, 1745-1795.
    • Abercromby, Ralph, Sir, 1734-1801.
    • Amherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron, 1717-1797.
    • Amherst of Arracan, William Pitt Amherst, Earl, 1773-1857.
    • Barrie, Robert, 1774-1841.
    • Bedford, John Russell, Duke of, 1766-1839.
    • Berkeley, George Cranfield, Sir, 1753-1818.
    • Calder, Robert, 1744 or 5-1818.
    • Caroline, Queen, consort of George IV, King of Great Britain, 1768-1821.
    • Cochrane, Alexander Forrester Inglis, Sir, 1758-1832.
    • Cockburn, George, Sir, 1772-1853.
    • Colquhoun, Patrick, 1745-1820.
    • Cornwallis, William, Sir, 1744-1819.
    • Dundas, David, Sir, 1735-1820.
    • Exmouth, Edward Pellew, Viscount, 1757-1833.
    • Fordyce, William, Sir, 1724-1792.
    • Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, 1763-1827.
    • George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820.
    • George IV, King of Great Britain, 1762-1830.
    • Goulburn, Henry, 1784-1856.
    • Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834.
    • Grey, Charles Grey, Earl, 1764-1845.
    • Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814.
    • Huskisson, W. (William), 1770-1830.
    • Lansdowne, William Petty, Marquis of, 1737-1805.
    • Liverpool, Charles Jenkinson, Earl of, 1727-1808.
    • Lyndhurst, John Singleton Copley, Baron, 1772-1863.
    • Melville, Henry Dundas, Viscount, 1742-1811.
    • Melville, Robert Saunders Dundas, Viscount, 1771-1851.
    • Minto, Gilbert Elliot, Earl of, 1751-1814.
    • Perceval, Spencer, 1762-1812.
    • Pitt, William, 1759-1806.
    • Popham, Home Riggs, Sir, 1762-1820.
    • Rosslyn, Alexander Wedderburn, Earl of, 1733-1805.
    • Tate, George, 1745-1821.
    • Wedderburn, Alexander, 1st baron Loughborough, 1st earl Rosslyn, 1733-1805.
    • Wood, Matthew, Sir, 1768-1843.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Memorandums.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence and Documents [series]
    Box   1  
     1600-1783
    Box   2  
     1784-1786
    Box   3  
     1787-1789
    Box   4  
     1790-1791
    Box   5  
     1792
    Box   6  
     1793 January-November
    Box   7  
     1793 December-1794 April
    Box   8  
     1794 May-October
    Box   9  
     1794 November-1795 March
    Box   10  
     1795 April-December
    Box   11  
     1796 January-September
    Box   12  
     1796 October-1797 October
    Box   13  
     1797 November-1798 August
    Box   14  
     1798 September-1799 July
    Box   15  
     1799 August-1800 May
    Box   16  
     1800 June-1801 February
    Box   17  
     1801 March-1803 December
    Box   18  
     1804 January-August
    Box   19  
     1804 September-October
    Box   20  
     1804 November-1805 July
    Box   21  
     1805 August-1806 December
    Box   22  
    Melville Impeachment Trial Briefs,  1806
    Box   23  
     1807 January-October
    Box   24  
     1807 November-1808 May
    Box   25  
     1808 June-1809 August
    Box   26  
     1809 September-1810 December
    Box   27  
     1811 January-1812 July
    Box   28  
     1812 August-1813 February
    Box   29  
     1813 March-1814 February
    Box   30  
     1814 March-1815 December
    Box   31  
     1816-1817
    Box   32  
     1818-1820
    Box   33  
     1821-1825
    Box   34  
     1826-1828
    Box   35  
     1829
    Box   36  
     1830-1835
    Box   37  
     1836-1885 and  undated
    Box   38  
     Undated
    Box   39  
     Undated
     
    Bound Volumes [series]
    Volume   1  
    Melville Correspondence,  1780-1830
    Volume   2  
    Letters from Frederick Duke of York to Henry Dundas, Lord Melville,  1795-1803
    Volume   3  
    Précis of Mr. [Robert] Dundas's Correspondence with the several Departments of His Majesty's Government,  1807-1809
    Volume   4  
    Additional Letters,  1793
    Volume   5  
    Additional Letters,  1794
    Volume   6  
    Additional Letters,  1795
    Volume   7  
    Additional Letters,  1805-1813
    Additional Descriptive Data

    For more details see the Clements Library card catalog.

    Contributors

    • Abercorn, James Hamilton, 8th earl of, 1712-1789.
    • Abercromby, Alexander, 1745-1795.
    • Abercromby, Sir Ralph, 1734-1801.
    • Abercromby, Sir Robert, 1740-1827.
    • Aberdeen, George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th earl, 1784-1860.
    • Aire, Mrs. Christie.
    • Alvanley, Anne Bootle Arden.
    • Amherst, Sir Jeffery, 1717-1797.
    • Amherst, William Pitt, 2nd baron and 1st earl, 1773-1857.
    • Anker, C.
    • Anker, P.
    • Anson, George, 1797-1857.
    • Anson, Thomas, 1st viscount, 1767-1843.
    • Aubin, J.
    • Auckland, George Eden, 1st earl, 1784-1849.
    • Baillie, Charles Stewart.
    • Baillie, George Young.
    • Baillie, Joseph.
    • Baird, Andrew Wood.
    • Baird, Robert.
    • Baldwin, George, d. 1826.
    • Banks, Sir Joseph, 1743-1820.
    • Barallier, W.
    • Barbor, Robert.
    • Barrallier, Francis Louis, 1773-1853.
    • Barret, Crepin de.
    • Barrie, Robert.
    • Barrow, Sir John, 1764-1848.
    • Barton, John.
    • Barton, Richard.
    • Barrvis, Jackson.
    • Bath, Thomas Thynne, 3rd viscount, 1742-1811.
    • Bathurst, Henry, 1st baron Apsley, 1714-1794.
    • Beauclerk, Lord Amelius, 1771-1846.
    • Beaumont, Richard Henry.
    • Bedford, John Russell, 6th duke, 1766-1839.
    • Bedingfeld, John.
    • Behague, Jean-Pierre-Antoine, comte de, 1727-1813.
    • Bell, Sir John, 1782-1876.
    • Benthem, Sir Samuel, 1757-1831.
    • Beresford, William Carr, 1st viscount, 1768-1854.
    • Berkeley, George Cranfield, 17th baron, 1753-1818.
    • Bertie, Sir Albemarle, 1755-1824.
    • Bexley, Nicholas, Vansittart, 1st baron, 1766-1851.
    • Bickerton, Sir Richard Hussey, 1759-1832.
    • Blackwood, Sir Henry, 1770-1832.
    • Blair, Robert.
    • Blane, Gilbert W., 1747-1834.
    • Bolton, Thomas Orde, 1st baron, 1746-1807.
    • Bond, Phineas.
    • Bowles, William.
    • Boyd, Walter, 1754-1837.
    • Breadalbane, John Campbell, 4th earl and 1st marquess, 1762-1834.
    • Bremer, Sir James John Gordon, 1786-1850.
    • Brisbane, Jemima Ventham, lady.
    • Bristol, Elizabeth Davers Hervey, countess.
    • Bristol, Frederick Augustus Hervey, 4th earl, 1730-1803.
    • Brown, Thomas.
    • Bryant, Thomas.
    • Buccleuch, Lady Elizabeth Montagu Scott, d.1827.
    • Buccleuch, Henry Scott, 3rd duke, 1746-1812.
    • Buchan, George.
    • Burdon, R.
    • Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
    • Burke, Richard.
    • Cabell, William.
    • Calder, Sir Robert, 1745-1818.
    • Caldwell, Sir Benjamin, 1737-1820.
    • Camden, Sir John Jeffreys Pratt, 2nd earl and 1st marquess, 1759-1840.
    • Campbell, Archibald.
    • Campbell, Donald, d. 1819.
    • Campbell, Duncan.
    • Campbell, Sir Ilay, 1734-1823.
    • Canning, George, 1770-1827.
    • Caradoc, Sir John Francis, 1st baron Howden.
    • Carleton, Sir Guy, 1st baron Dorchester.
    • Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, Queen, 1768-1821.
    • Castlereagh, Robert Stewart, 2nd marquess of Londonderry, 1769-1822.
    • Cathcart, Sir Andrew, 1742-1828.
    • Champion, G.
    • Chatham, John Pitt, 2nd earl, 1756-1835.
    • Chichester, Thomas Pelham, 2nd earl.
    • Clarke, Thomas B.
    • Cleghorn, James.
    • Clerk, James.
    • Cochrane, Sir Alexander Forrester Inglis, 1758-1832.
    • Cochrane, John.
    • Cockburn, Sir George, 1772-1853.
    • Cockburn, Sir James.
    • Cockburn, T.
    • Codrington, Sir Edward, 1770-1851.
    • Coffin, Sir Isaac, 1759-1839.
    • Collier, Sir George Ralph.
    • Colquhoun, Patrick, 1745-1820.
    • Conant, Nathaniel.
    • Congreve, William, 1772-1828.
    • Cornwallis, Charles, 1st marquess.
    • Cornwallis, Sir William, 1744-1819.
    • Cook, Hugh.
    • Cook, William.
    • Cooke, Edward.
    • Cooper, Sir Grey, d. 1801.
    • Corbin, J.M.
    • Coutts, Thomas.
    • Craig, Sir William Gibson, 1797-1878.
    • Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857.
    • Croker, Walter.
    • Crombie, John.
    • Cronhelm, William.
    • Cumberland, Prince Ernest Augustus, duke.
    • Cuninghame, George.
    • Dalrymple, Sir John, 1726-1810.
    • D'Artez.
    • Davison, Alexander.
    • Davidson, John.
    • Debenham, John.
    • De Nijs, A.
    • Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, duchess.
    • Devaynes, W.
    • Dickson, Sir William.
    • Dietz, D. H.
    • Dixon, Alexander.
    • Dorset, Arabella Diana Cope Sackville.
    • Drummond, Lady Elizabeth, d. 1821.
    • Drummond, Edward.
    • Drummond, Henry, 1786-1860.
    • Duckworth, Sir John Thomas, 1748-1817.
    • Duncan, Adam, 1st viscount.
    • Dundas, Sir David, 1735-1820.
    • Dundas, John.
    • Dundas, Thomas.
    • Dundas, William.
    • Dunlop, James.
    • Durham, Anne.
    • Durham, Philip Charles Henderson Calderwood, 1763-1845.
    • Durno, James.
    • Eden, William, 1st baron Auckland, 1744-1814.
    • Edgcumbe, Richard, 2nd earl of Mount-Edgcumbe, 1764-1839.
    • Elder, James.
    • Eldon, John Scott, 1st earl, 1751-1838.
    • Elgin, Thomas Bruce, 7th earl, 1766-1841.
    • Elsmere, Hans Sloane.
    • Erskine, Sir William, 1769-1813.
    • Eton, William.
    • Evans, David.
    • Farquhar, Sir Robert Townshend.
    • Fawcett, John.
    • Ferguson, Adam, 1723-1816.
    • Ferrier, Ilay.
    • Fife, James Duff, 2nd earl.
    • Fitzroy, Warren, 1768-1806.
    • Flint, Sir Charles W.
    • Flint, James.
    • Forbes, Henry.
    • Fordyce, James Dingwall.
    • Fordyce, John.
    • Fordyce, Thomas I.
    • Fordyce, Sir William, 1724-1792.
    • Foster, Lady Elizabeth Hervey.
    • Foucault, Comte de.
    • Foulis, James.
    • Francis, R.
    • Franklin, Sir John.
    • Fraser, I.
    • Fullarton, William, 1754-1808.
    • Funchal, Conde de.
    • Galloway, George Stewart, 8th earl.
    • George III.
    • George IV.
    • Gifford, John.
    • Glassford, Henry.
    • Glenbervie, Katherine, Ann North Douglas, baroness.
    • Glenbervie, Sylvester Douglas, 1at baron.
    • Gloucester, Maria Waldegrave, duchess, 1737-1807.
    • Gordon, Lord Adam, 1726-1801.
    • Gordon, Alexander Gordon, 4th duke, 1743-1827.
    • Gordon, David.
    • Gordon, George, 8th marquess of Huntly, 1770-1836.
    • Gordon, Robert.
    • Gore, Sir John, 1772-1836.
    • Goulburn, Henry, 1784-1856.
    • Graham, Sir James, 1st bart.
    • Graham, Sir James Robert George, 1792-1861.
    • Graham, Thomas, baron Lyndedoch.
    • Grant, Alexander.
    • Grant, Sir Archibald, 4th bart.
    • Grant, Charles.
    • Grant, D.
    • Grant, Francis William.
    • Grant, George.
    • Grant, Sir James, 8th bart.
    • Grant, Jane Duff, lady.
    • Grant, Major John.
    • Grant, L.A.
    • Grant, Margaret.
    • Grant, Mary Dishington.
    • Grant, Sir William.
    • Grenville, C.F.
    • Grenville, Charles, 1762-1832.
    • Grenville, Charles Francis, 1749-1809.
    • Grenville, Richard.
    • Grenville, Thomas.
    • Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, 1st baron.
    • Grey, Sir Charles, 1st viscount Howick.
    • Grey, Charles, 2nd viscount Howick.
    • Grey, Sir George, 1st bart, 1767-1828.
    • Guilford, Frederick North, 5th earl, 1766-1827.
    • Gullan, Richard.
    • Haldane, George.
    • Haldane, James Alexander.
    • Haldane, Margaret.
    • Haldane, Robert.
    • Hall, Basil.
    • Hamilton, Lady Anne, 1766-1846.
    • Hamilton, Douglas, 5th duke of Brandon, 1756-1799.
    • Hamilton, Gilbert.
    • Hamilton, John.
    • Hamilton, Lady Mary, 1739-1816.
    • Hamilton, Thomas, Jr.
    • Hamond, Sir Graham Eden, 1779-1862.
    • Harcourt, Elizabeth Vernon Harcourt.
    • Harrowby, Dudley Ryder, 1st earl, 1762-1847.
    • Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818.
    • Henderson, Alexander.
    • Hertford, Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd marquess.
    • Hippisley, Sir John Coxe, 1748-1825.
    • Holland, Henry Richard Vassall Foc, 3rd baron.
    • Holloway, J.
    • Home, Alexander, 10th earl, 1769-1841.
    • Home, George.
    • Hope, Sir Alexander, 1769-1837.
    • Hope, Charles, lord Granton, 1763-1851.
    • Hope, John, 1794-1858.
    • Hope, Sir William Johnstone, 1766-1831.
    • Hotham, Sir Henry, 1777-1833.
    • Howe, Sir William, 5th viscount, 1729-1814.
    • Humbert.
    • Hume, James.
    • Hunter, John.
    • Hunter, William Orby.
    • Huskisson, William, 1770-1830.
    • Impey, Sir Elijah, 1732-1809.
    • Irvine, Lady Caroline.
    • Jacob, Ebenezer.
    • Jardine, Henry.
    • Jeffrey, Francis, lord, 1773-1850.
    • Jenkinson, Catherine Bishopp Cope, d. 1827.
    • Jenkinson, Charles, 1st earl of Liverpool, 1727-1808.
    • Jenkinson, Charles Cecil Cope, 3rd earl of Liverpool.
    • Jenkinson, Louis Theodosia Hervey, countess of Liverpool.
    • Johnston, David, 1734-1824.
    • Johnston, J.
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    Alternate Locations

    The following map originally accompanied a letter from Captain Peter Puget, enclosed in Sir William Cornwallis to Melville, June 29, 1804. It is now located in the Clements Library Map Division: Puget, Peter John. Harbor At Brest. 1804.

    The following drawing is located in the Clements Library Graphics Division: George Campbell diagrams for constructing naval vessels in the Great Lakes (November 23, 1813)

    The following books are located in the Clements Library Book Division:

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    The following Clements Library collections contain letters to and from the Melvilles:

    The Clements Library Graphics Division holds portrait engravings of Henry Dundas, 1st viscount Melville

    Bibliography

    Case of the British Merchants Trading to America Before the War: Respectfully Submitted to the Consideration of the Members of Both Houses of Parliament, 1803. Glasgow: Printed by Wm. Reid & Co., 1803.

    Melville, Henry Dundas. An Abstract of the Trial of Henry Lord Viscount Melville: Upon an Impeachment, for High Crimes And Misdemeanors by the Knights, Citizens And Burgesses, In Parliament Assembled... London: April 1806. Printed by J.B.G. Vogel, 13, Poland Street, Oxford Street.

    Melville, Violet (Cochrane Baillie). Catalogue of Valuable Autograph Letters, Historical Documents & Printed Books, Comprising the Melville Papers ..: the Property of Violet, Viscountess Melville ... Which Will Be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge ... London: Printed by J. Davy & sons, 1924-1927.

    Welke, William F. "The Papers of the Viscounts Melvilles." The American Archivist. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, Volume 26, Number 4, October 1963.