Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John Carteret, Earl Granville Papers, 1756-1761

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2102

Summary Information
Title: John Carteret, Earl Granville papers
Creator: Carteret, John, Earl Granville, 1690-1763
Inclusive dates: 1756-1761
Extent: 19 items (1 volume)
This collection consists of 19 letters and documents related to a dispute between John Carteret, Earl Granville, and Henry McCulloh over the ownership of land in the Carolinas in the mid-18th century. Many items concern provisions over quit-rents and other payments.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1937. M-354.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

John Carteret, Earl Granville Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The letters and documents are bound in a single volume. They are not in chronological order.


John Carteret, Earl Granville, was born on April 22, 1690, to George Carteret, Baron Carteret, and his wife, Grace Granville. After inheriting his father's baronetcy and attending Westminster School and Oxford's Christ Church College, he entered the House of Lords in 1711. He held several additional appointments, including ambassador to Sweden (1719-1720), secretary of state for the southern department (1721-1724), lord lieutenant of Ireland (1724-1730), secretary of state for the northern department (1742-1744), and lord president of the council (1751-1763). He married Frances Worsley in 1710 and they had several children. Following Frances's death in 1743, he married Sophia Fermor; they had one daughter before Sophia's death in 1745.

John Carteret claimed vast tracts of land in the province of North Carolina, though he became involved in a dispute with Henry McCulloh over ownership claims in the 1750s. The men agreed to an arrangement in 1755, but continued to debate its provisions into the following decade. John Carteret, Earl Granville, died on January 2, 1763.

See Howard H. Peckham's Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the William L. Clements Library (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1942), for additional information about this collection.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 19 letters and documents related to a dispute between John Carteret, Earl Granville, and Henry McCulloh over the ownership of land in the Carolinas in the mid-18th century. The collection includes 11 letters and 8 documents, notes, and observations. Henry McCulloh wrote 5 letters to Lord Granville between November 25, 1758, and February 18, 1760; 1 letter to an unnamed recipient (February 12, 1760); and 3 letters to Joshua Sharpe, solicitor to the Privy Council and Granville's lawyer (December 19, 1759-January 3, 1760). Henry McCulloh's son, Henry Eustace McCulloh, sent 2 letters, dated January 8, 1761, and January 26, 1761.

The remaining items are drafts of agreements, proposals, and related notes and observations. These manuscripts include a 4-page response to McCulloh's proposal of April 21, 1759, and an 8-page fair copy of articles of agreement, with additional notes and observations, dated January 27, 1761. Additional notes and documents concern financial agreements and payments between Granville and McCulloh, and at least one item explicitly mentions a provision for granting land to settlers in South Carolina (undated note).

Subject Terms

    • Land subdivision.
    • North Carolina--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • Real property--North Carolina.
    • Real property--South Carolina.
    • Right of property.
    • South Carolina--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • McCulloh, Henry, ca. 1700-1779.
    • McCulloh, Henry E. (Henry Eustace), d. ca. 1810.
    Genre Terms:
    • Legal documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Notes.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    John Carteret, Earl Granville papers,  1756-1761 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Manuscripts Division contains several additional items related to John Carteret, Earl Granville:

    • John Carteret, Earl Granville to George Sackville Germain, February 13, [1744], George Sackville Germain papers
    • Great Britain. Privy Council LS to John Carteret, June 19, 1727, respecting the death of George I and succession of George II, Single Items collection
    • John Louis Ligonier to John Carteret, Earl Granville, December 1, 1758, p. 48, John Louis Ligonier letter book
    • John Carteret, Earl Granville's youngest daughter, Lady Sophia Carteret (1745-1771), married William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, in 1765. The Clements Library has the William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, 2nd Earl of Shelburne papers, which include 47 letters from Shelburne to Lady Carteret.

    The Clements Library's Antigua collection is made up of miscellaneous official papers relating to the island of Antigua which appear to have come from the office of Joshua Sharpe, solicitor to the Privy Council from 1719 to 1749.


    Cannon, John. "Carteret, John, second Earl Granville (1690-1763)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2004. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/4804