Letters relaying observations of Jamaica to Lord Cornbury

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Two letters signed pseudonymously ‘Salamander’ and ‘Montezuma’. The first, addressed to the Right Honourable Lord Cornbury, was sent with the second, a duplicate of a ‘love’ letter sent to Catherine Douglas, the Duchess of Queensberry.

  • Title: Letters relaying observations of Jamaica to Lord Cornbury and the Duchess of Queensbury, 1738 : manuscript.
  • Production: Jamaica, 1738.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss File 150

Acquired November 2018

John Jackson ledgers relating to the naval administration

3 manuscript volumes

Three manuscript volumes comprising the correspondence and bills of John Jackson. His meticulously detailed correspondence and accounts reveal vast amounts about Maltese trade, the mechanics of privateering, and the opportunities for profiteering.

  • Author: Jackson, John.
  • Title: John Jackson ledgers relating to the naval administration, export, and privateering activities in Malta, 1807-1813.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 240

Acquired June 2018

Frances Brooke journal of a trip to Paris

Frances Brooke journal. Detailed description below

Firsthand account of the journey of Frances, the Parkers, and “Emily” (possibly a sister) as they set out from somewhere in Derbyshire (their post halts are Hilton, Buxton and Bakewell on the early part of the journey) on their way to Paris, via Dieppe and Rouen. Frances is clearly a wealthy and educated young woman, and the account is lively and observant, taking place as it does in a France that only a few years before was a land of war, enemies and an occupying army under Wellington: “The Bois [du Boulogne] consists now of low shrubs, as the Allies cut down all the trees, when they were in Paris, for fire wood … Dined at Very’s and went to the Tivoli – A fete. A man ascended in a Balloon, and tho’ he seemed to engage every one’s attention and interest, he was not thought of, two minutes after he was out of sight. – The Gardens were beautifully illuminated with colossal lamps. Walked home through some streets we had not been in before and were much stared at … I believe it was Harriet’s pretty figure & our Silk Gowns that attracted attention…” The valiant though ignored aeronaut in question, a quick glance at Galignani’s Messenger will show, was none other than M. Margat (who seems to have stepped into the gap caused by the death of Madame Blanchard a year earlier … and who bears the distinction of being one of the few aeronaut’s of the period who was expressly requested to take part in a war as a balloonist, ending up in Algiers in 1830 having nearly set a French navy ship on fire, and earning a medal for making a balloon ascent under heavy fire). Paris seems to have been replete with aeronauts at the time, there is another balloon ascent a day or so later in the Tuilleries. There are encounters with Royalty, visits to the Louvre and Notre Dame, numerous observations on the general superiority of England in all things (“All the prettiest women were English”), a keen eye is leveled at the dress, behaviour and conduct of the ladies of Paris, both for good and ill, plays, tableaux vivant and sundry entertainments are sampled and all is chronicled with agility and attention to detail. A two month excursion into a Georgette Heyer novel.

  • Author: Brooke, Frances.
  • Title: Frances Brooke journal of a trip to Paris, June and July 1821 : manuscript.
  • Production: France, 1821 June-July.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 246

Acquired April 2019

Godissart de Cari’s Souvenirs de l’Angleterre

Cover of sketchbook

An album of twenty watercolors recording the 1826 journey to England by members of the French Delahaye family. Gaudissart, a family friend of the Delahaye clan, traveled with them from their home in Pierrefitte, near Saint-Denis, recording the sights they saw across The Channel.
With a 16-page letter dated 1826, written in French, addressed by L. Delahaye to her friend Alexandrine upon the Delahayes’ return from England. The letter recounts the family’s journey in great detail from start to finish, and includes several mentions of the (lively) participation of Gaudissart. Also included is a single leaf written ca. 1850 describing the genesis of the album and brief biographical sketch of Gaudissart de Cari.

  • Artist: Cari, Godissart de, -1848, artist.
  • Title: Godissart de Cari’s Souvenirs de l’Angleterre, with a letter from Madame Delahaye, 1826, 1850.

Catalog Record


Acquired March 2019

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings…trial of Queen Caroline

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A collection of newspaper cuttings taken from Liverpool newspapers from June to October 1820 containing reports and comments about the trial of Queen Caroline. The clippings are mounted on a re-purposed printed ledger, some of whose annotations can be seen beneath the clippings pasted on the pages, assembled by an unidentified collector. The newspapers include the Liverpool or Commercial, Literary; the Globe; the Liverpool Mercury, &c. The final twenty pages contain clippings from 1826 covering a variety of economic topics including the silk trade.

  • Title: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings from Liverpool newspapers concerning the trial of Queen Caroline : printed text.
  • Production: Liverpool, 1820-1826.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 243

Acquired October 2018

Letter book describing a tour on the Continent in the summer of 1814

Letter book describing a tour. Detailed description below

A collection of copy letters from William Douglas. The letters to his father James Douglas record his thoughts and adventures in French society and whilst travelling across the country, into the Alps, Switzerland, and eventually to the Netherlands.

  • Author: Douglas, William.
  • Title: Letter book describing a tour on the Continent in the summer of 1814, 1814.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss Vol. 239

Acquired July 2018

William Whitehead poem to the Duchess of Queensbury, 1777

manuscript letter

The manuscript poem is accompanied by a note written in the same hand, and in the third person, from Whitehead to Thomas Villiers, 1st Earl of Clarendon, the Duchess of Queensberry’s brother-in-law.

  • Author: Whitehead, William, 1715-1785.
  • Title: William Whitehead poem to the Duchess of Queensbury, 1777.

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss File 144

Acquired November 2018

Sir Christopher Musgrave receipts for personal goods


A collection of receipts and bills, in a variety of hands and mostly signed by the tradespeople, related to Sir Christopher Musgrave’s expenses during the years 1708-1718, with the bulk of the detailed receipts covering the years 1716-1718.

  • Author: Musgrave, Christopher, Sir, 1688-1736.
  • Title: Sir Christopher Musgrave receipts for personal goods and household expenses, 1708-1718 (bulk 1716-1718).

Catalog Record 

LWL Mss 31

Acquired November 2018