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East India Company, 1647

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 260
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: East India Company, 1647
Date(s): 1647
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 leaves
Name of creator(s): East India Company
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The East India Company (formally called the Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies (1600-1708) and the United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies (1708-1873)), was an English company formed for the exploitation of the spice trade in East and Southeast Asia and India. It was incorporated by Royal Charter in December 1600.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers presented to the House of Lords concerning the East India Company's status as a Joint Stock Company, Feb 1647, comprising a paper presented by the Company in defence of their trading as a Joint Stck Company, and a copy of the former endorsed by Alderman [John] Fowkes beginning 'Sixe justify the pursuance of the trade to th'east Indies by one Joint Stock Onely'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description

Archival Information

Archival history:

The manuscript was originally in the hands of John Browne, Clerk of the Parliaments from 1638 to 1649 and 1660 to 1691. It later formed part of the collection of Alfred Thomas Townshend Wyatt-Edgell, afterwards Verney-Cave, 5th Baron Braye (d 1928).

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bought from Sotheby's in 1947.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other University of London manuscripts relating to the East India Company include MS 712, 731 and 938.

Further material relating to the East India Company is held at the British Library (Oriental and India Office Collections and Manuscript Collections); the Public Record Office, Kew; The Guildhall Library, London; All Souls College, Oxford University; Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; and Exeter University Library.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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:
Jun 2001

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