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Westminster Diocesan Archives

Series E: private correspondence and diaries


Reference code(s): GB 0122 Series E

Held at: Westminster Diocesan Archives

Title: Series E: private correspondence and diaries

Date(s): 1598-1847

Level of description: Series

Extent: 6 volumes

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

Private correspondence and diaries, 1598-1847, comprising:

E1: An extended letter from John Sargeant (1623-1710) in his defence, bound in a volume, giving 'a catalogue of all the pieces I have writ for Catholic Faith; together with the Occasion, the Process and Upshot of the Controversies between myself and the Protestant writers', Paris, 1700.

E 2: Volume of letters, 1596-1606, chiefly in Spanish, notably from Don Gomez Suarez de Figueroa of Cordova, Duke of Feria to Thomas Fitzherbert and from Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria; Lord Bothwell; Thomas Fitzherbert and Sir Francis Inglefield.

E 7 and 8: Two volumes of Bishop Robert Gradwell's journal whilst rector of the English College, Rome. Volume 1, 1817-1825 and volume 2, 1825-1828.

E 11 Volume of the correspondence of Charles Edward Stuart, c 1764-1769 including with Henry Benedict Stuart and members of the French Court including the French Queen. The volume also contains the correspondence of Lady Webb.

E 12 Volume containing notes on legal practice, possibly made by Edmund Blount, Clifford's Inn, 1695.


Language/scripts of material: English, Latin, Spanish, Italian and French.

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only on the undertaking of a copyright declaration. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Westminster Roman Cathlic Diocesan Trustees.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Hand list available in the Archives reading room.


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received by the archive from Archbishop's House.


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Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Catholicism | Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Roman Catholics | Catholics | Christians | Religious groups
Administration of justice

Personal names
Fitzherbert | Thomas | 1552-1640 | Jesuit,
Gradwell | Robert | 1777-1833 | college head and Roman Catholic bishop
Inglefield | Sir | Francis | fl 1576 | master of the wards and liveries
Sargeant | John | 1623-1710 | secretary of the English College, Lisbon
Stewart | Francis | first earl of Bothwell | 1562-1612 | courtier and politician
Stuart | Charles Edward Louis Philip Casimir | 1720-1788 | the Young Pretender
Stuart | Henry Benedict Maria Clement | 1725-1807 | Cardinal Duke of York
Suárez de Figueroa | Gómez | [1520]-1571 | first duke of Feria
Suárez de Figueroa | Jane | née Dormer | 1538-1612 | duchess of Feria

Corporate names
Roman Catholic Church
Venerable English College | Rome