Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney papers  1665-1828 (bulk 1780-1788)
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Index for Secret Instructions and State Documents relating to the Negotiations for the Independence of America

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The following catalogued items are in the Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney collection:

Index for Secret Instructions and State Documents relating to the Negotiations for the Independence of America

  • Volume I

    • 1782: Printed Paper, The "Enabling" Act: Geo. III. Cap. 46
    • May 18, 1782: Minutes of Council. Cover to Nos. 3 and 4
    • May 21, 1782: Whitehall, [To Mr. Oswald.]
    • May 21, 1782: Whitehall, To Doctr Franklin. Cover to No. 5. Draft to Mr. Oswald
    • May 21, 1782: Whitehall, Draft to Mr. Oswald
    • May 25, 1782: Memo given by Shelburne to Mr. Oswald
    • May 25, 1782: Whitehall, To Dr. Benjamin Franklin &c.
    • August 2, 1782: Copy of the Minutes of Cabinet
    • August 2, 1782: Minutes of Cabinet
    • August 3, 1782: Draft of a letter to the King
    • August 3, 1782: To Alleyne Fitzherbert Esq. Paris, Albemarle Street
    • Undated: Article of the Fishery
    • Undated: Prefix the Articles of Independence
    • Undated: Substance of the proposed instructions, contain numbered paragraphs: 3, 10, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10, substance of the Proposed Instructions.
    • Undated: Evidently continuation of 14, folio leaf
    • [November 18, 1782]: Taken from Lord Chancellor, Article 5
    • Undated: Memorandum of Mr. Strachey's
    • Undated: To be added at the end of the 5th Article and Supplemental Modifications to be added
    • August 15, 1782: Draft of a Note to the King from Sydney
    • August 22, 1782: Copy of a Note to the King from the Governor of Nova Scotia
    • August 23, 1782: Minute of Cabinet
    • August 29, 1782: Minute of Propositions
    • October 14, 1782: Copy of a Note to the King
    • November 21, 1782: Copy of a Note to the King
    • December 12, 1782: Copy of a Note to the King
    • December 15, 1782: Rough Sketch of a Minute
    • December 15, 1782: Memorandum for Minutes of Cabinet
    • December 15, 1782: Copy of a Minutes of Cabinet
    • December 15, 1782: Copy of a Note to the King
  • Volume II

    • January 20, 1783: Printed Paper. Preliminary Articles of Peace [with France]
    • January 20, 1783: Printed Paper. Preliminary Articles of Peace [with Spain] 30 & 31 are sewed together in Original Cover. Both signed at Versailles
    • January 20, 1783: Printed Paper. [Duplicate of 31]
    • January 20, 1783: Translation of the Declaration relative to the Cessation of Hostilities with the United States of North America, signed at Versailles
    • January 20, 1783: Letter from Viscount Keppel to Mr. Townshend, Admiralty
    • January 20, 1783: Letter from Viscount Keppel to Mr. Townshend, Admiralty
    • January 21, 1783: Copy of a Note to the King
    • January 22, 1783: Minutes of Cabinet
    • January 23, 1783: Copy of Note to the King
    • 1783: "Scheme for raising Six Millions for various purposes; in which the payment of the Debts of the Prince of Wales, and for a Separate Establishment for him is one object; another is -- that the King should -- shew some favour … to the American Loyalists and many Objects[Subjects] that have suffered by the American War"
    • February 13, 1783: Memoranda from Lord Howe, the First Lord of the Admiralty, concerning naval matters
    • February 13, 1783: Minutes of Cabinet about paying off, and laying up the Ships of War from Lord Howe, submitted to the King (No.40)
    • February 22, 1783: Copy of a Note to the King, 4:50 a.m.
    • February 22, 1783: Copy of a Note to the King, 4.25 p.m. Whitehall … m/25 past 4 P.M. to introduce No. 41
    • February 25, 1783: Note to the King
    • March 17, 1783: Minutes of Cabinet
    • March 17, 1783: Minutes of Cabinet
    • August 20, 1784: Note to the King
    • February 3, 1784: Note to the King, Tuesday 8 o'clock P.M.
    • June 5, 1787: Minutes of Cabinet
    • June 5, 1787: Note to the King … Transmitting a Minute of Cabinet of the same date [No. 49]
    • February 1783: Report entitled: "Parliamentary Anecdotes with regard to Treaties of Peace, and Observations upon the Preliminaries now under the consideration of Parliament

Contributors:

  • Abington, Robert.
  • Adhémar de Saint-Martin, Jean Baptiste Amable.
  • Alvanley, Richard Pepper Arden, baron, 1745-1804.
  • Ancaster, Mary Panton, duchess of, d. 1793.
  • Asgill, Lady, d. 1816.
  • Ashburton, John Dunning, 1st baron, 1731-1783.
  • Banks, William.
  • Barnard, Edward.
  • Barrett, John.
  • Barry, Henry, 1750-1822.
  • Belgioioso, Barbaro, comte de.
  • Bembridge, Charles.
  • Benson, George.
  • Bergeij, M. de.
  • Blakeway, E.
  • Boyd, Sir Robert, 1710-1794.
  • Braybrooke, Sir John Griffin Whitwell Griffin, 1st baron, 1719-1797.
  • Brett, Charles.
  • Brodrick, Charles, 1761-1822.
  • Brodrick, Hon. Thomas, 1756-1795.
  • Brown, William.
  • Buckingham, George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st marquess of, 1753-1813.
  • Bulkeley, Thomas James Bulkeley, 7th Viscount, 1752-1822.
  • Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792.
  • Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
  • Bute, John Stuart, Viscount Mountstuart, 4th earl and 1st marquess, 144-1814.
  • Byron, Sophia Trevannion, Mrs. John.
  • C, Lady Mary.
  • Caldwell, Sir Henry, 1738-1810.
  • Camden, Sir Charles Pratt, 1st Baron and 1st Earl, 1714-1794.
  • Campbell, Sir Archibald, 1739-1791.
  • Carrington, James.
  • Carteret, Hon. Henry Frederick Thynne, 1st Baron Carteret, 1735-1826.
  • Cathcart, Sir William Schaw Cathcart, 1st earl, 1755-1843.
  • Cerjat, Monsr.
  • Chandos, James Brydges, marquess of Carnarvon, 3rd duke of, 1731-1789.
  • Chatham, Lady Hester Grenville Pitt, countess of, 1721-1803.
  • Clarendon, Thomas Villiers, 2nd baron Hyde, 2nd earl of, 1753-1824.
  • Clarke, Thomas.
  • Clovelsay, John.
  • Conway, Hon. Henry Seymour, 1721-1795.
  • Conyngham, William.
  • Cooke, George John.
  • Coote, Eyre.
  • Cornwallis, Charles Cornwallis, 1st marquess, 1738-1805.
  • Cottrell, Stephen.
  • Courtown, James Stopford, 2nd earl of, d. 1810.
  • Cripps, William.
  • Crussol, T. de.
  • Cuninghame, James, d. 1788.
  • Dalhousie, George Ramsay, 8th earl of.
  • Dassier, Paul.
  • Davis, Humphrey.
  • Davison, Alexander, 1750-1829.
  • Debbieg, Hugh, 1731-1810.
  • De Grey, Thomas, 2nd baron Walsingham, 1748-1818.
  • Delisle, Jean Guillaume.
  • Denbigh, Basil Feilding, 6th earl of, 1719-1800.
  • Draper, Sir William, 1721-1787.
  • Dudley and Ward, John Ward, 2nd Viscount, 1725-1788.
  • Dundas, Thomas.
  • Dunmore, John Murray, 4th earl of, 1732-1809.
  • Eliott, George A., 1st baron Heathfield.
  • Errington, A.
  • Fairfax of Cameron, Robert Fairfax, 7th baron, 1707-1793.
  • Fenoulket, James John.
  • Ferguson, George.
  • Galiffe, James Augustus, 1776-1853.
  • Galiffe, J. P.
  • Galloway, John Stewart, Lord Garlies and 7th earl of, 1736-1806.
  • Gillbee, William.
  • Gilmour, A.
  • Gloucester, England, Mayor, Mr. Weaver.
  • Gordon, Catherine.
  • Gordon, Sir Charles, 1756-1835.
  • Gosling, Robert.
  • Grantham, Thomas Robinson, 2nd baron, 1738-1786.
  • Great Britain. Sovereigns. George III, 1760-1820.
  • Great Britain. Verge of the Court. Collector. J. Stephenson.
  • Greene, Edward Burnaby, d.1788.
  • Grey, Sir Charles Grey, 1st earl, 1729-1807.
  • Guydickens, Gustavus.
  • Haldimand, Sir Frederick, 1718-1791.
  • Hale, Nath.
  • Harcourt, Mary Danby, Countess Harcourt, d. 1833.
  • Harcourt, William Harcourt, 3rd earl, 1743-1830.
  • Hardinge, George, 1743-1816.
  • Harris, Gab.
  • Hartley, David, 1732-1813.
  • Hawell, John.
  • Hayward, F.
  • Heathcote, Charles.
  • Hill, Richard.
  • Hopetourn, James Hope, 3rd earl of, 1741-1816.
  • Howe, Richard Howe, 1st earl, 1726-1799.
  • Hurd, Thomas, 1757-1823.
  • Jennings, J.
  • Keane, Michael.
  • Keith, Sir Robert Murray, 1720-1795.
  • Keppel, Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount, 1725-1786.
  • Kirkby, John.
  • Kutzleben, Baron von, d. 1798.
  • Langford, William.
  • Lauderdale, James Maitland, 8th earl of, 1759-1839.
  • Leicester, George Townshend, 1st earl of, 1755-1811.
  • Leland, John, d. 1808.
  • Lennox, L. M.
  • Lincoln, Edmund.
  • Lucas, Simon.
  • MacMahon, T.
  • Malmesbury, Sir James Harris, Viscount Fitzharris and Earl of, 1746-1820.
  • March, George R.
  • Martin, John.
  • Martin, Josiah, 1737-1786.
  • Mathew, Edward, 1727-1805.
  • Maule, George.
  • Melville, Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount, 1742-1811.
  • Metcalfe, Major
  • Middleton, Albinia Townshend.
  • Molesworth, Robert, 5th Viscount Molesworth, ca. 1730-1813.
  • Molyeux, Mrs.
  • Money, John, 1752-1817.
  • Moore, John, 1730-1805.
  • Morris, William.
  • Moss, Charles, 1711-1802.
  • Murray, James, 1719-1794.
  • Musgrave, Sir William.
  • Nepean, Sir Evan, 1st bart., 1751-1822.
  • Newton, Rev. F.
  • Northington, Robert Henley, 2nd earl of, 1747-1786.
  • Norton, Hon. Chapple, 1746-1818.
  • Oliver, Thomas, 1734-1815.
  • Onslow, George Onslow, 1st earl of, 1731-1814.
  • Orde, Sir John, 1751-1824.
  • Orlebar, Richard.
  • Orme, Robert.
  • Osborn, John.
  • Ostler, John.
  • Parry, David, d. 1793.
  • Pearson, Sir Richard, 1731-1806.
  • Pemberton, J.
  • Penton, Henry.
  • Pestell, Ellis P.
  • Pitt, William, 1759-1806.
  • Polhill, Charles, 1725-1805.
  • Pollock, William.
  • Portal, C.J.
  • Portland, William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, 3rd duke of, 1738-1809.
  • Poulett, Vere Poulett, Viscount Hinton, 3rd earl, 1710-1788.
  • Povall, William.
  • Powell, John.
  • Poyntz, William, d. 1809.
  • Pringle, Thomas.
  • Prisoners of the Court of the King's Bench.
  • Pugh, Evan.
  • Rawdon, Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st marquess of Hastings, 2nd earl of Moria, baron, 1754-1826.
  • Rawson, George.
  • Richmond and Lennox, Charles Lennox, 3rd duke of, 1735-1806.
  • Rochford, William Henry Zuylestein, 5th earl of, 1754-1830.
  • Rockingham, Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd marquess of, 1730-1782.
  • Rodney, Sir George Brydges Rodney, 1st baron, 1719-1792.
  • Rose, George, 1744-1818.
  • St. Helens, Alleyne Fitzherbert, 1st baron, 1753-1839.
  • St. Leger, Anthony.
  • St. Leger, Barry, 1737-1789.
  • Sandby, Dr. G.
  • Saye and Sele, Thomas Twisleton, 13th baron, d. 1788.
  • Scudamore, John, 1727-1796.
  • Semple, Charles.
  • Shelburne, William Petty, 2nd earl of, 1737-1805.
  • Shirley, Sir Thomas, 1728-1800.
  • Simcoe, John Graves, 1752-1806.
  • Skeat, Richard.
  • Skene, G.
  • Sloper, Sir Robert, K.B., d. 1802.
  • Somerset, Edward Seymour, 9th duke of, 1717/1718-1792.
  • South, Thomas.
  • Southampton, Charles Fitzroy, 1st baron, 1737-1797.
  • Stafford, Susannah Stewart Leveson-Gower, marchioness of, d.1805.
  • Stanhope, Charles Stanhope, 3rd Viscount Mahon, 3rd earl of, 1753-1816.
  • Stewart, Alexander.
  • Stopford, Thomas.
  • Strachey, Henry.
  • Sydney, Hon. John Thomas Townshend, 2nd Viscount, 1764-1831.
  • Symes, Richard.
  • Temple, George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st marquis of Buckingham and 3rd Earl, 1753-1813.
  • Terroux, Sieur Jacques.
  • Thurlow, Edward, 1st Baron Thurlow, 1731-1806.
  • Tollemache, Lady Bridget Henley Fox-Lane, d.1796.
  • Torkington, John.
  • Torrington, George Byng, 4th Viscount, d.1812.
  • Tottenham, Loftus Anthony, ca. 1715-1811.
  • Townshend, Charles, 1736-1799.
  • Townshend, George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquis, 1724-1807.
  • Trigge, Thomas.
  • Upper Ossory, Anne Liddell Fitzroy Fitzpatrick, countess of.
  • Vandeput, George, d. 1800.
  • Vorontsov, Semen Romanovitch, count, 1744-1832.
  • Walpole, Hon. Robert, 1736-1810.
  • Walpole, Hon. Thomas, 1727-1803.
  • Walsingham, Charlotte Boyle.
  • West, John.
  • White, J.E.
  • Wight, Alexander.
  • Williams, John.
  • Wollaston, Francis, 1731-1815.
  • Woodyer, John.
  • Yonge, Sir George, 1731-1812.
  • Young, J.
Alternate Locations

The following item is located in the Clements Library Book Division:

Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Vicesimo Primo: At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, the Thirty-first Day of October, Anno Domini 1780, in the Twenty-first Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Third...being the First Session of the Fifteenth Parliament of Great Britain. London: Printed by Charles Eyre and William Strahan, 1781.

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The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, owns a Thomas Townshend, Viscount Sydney collection

Bibliography

Archer, Ian K. R. "Townshend, Thomas, first Viscount Sydney (1733--1800)."Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Simmons, Merle Edwin, and Juan Pablo Vizcardo y Guzmán. More about Viscardo Y Guzmán's Sojourns in London. Roma: Via dei Penitenzieri 20, 1989.