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East India Company, 1817-1827

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 938
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: East India Company, 1817-1827
Date(s): 1817-1827
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Scott, William (fl 1817-1827) government official
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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.
In 1784 the British government instituted standing Commissioners (the Board of Control) in London to exercise superiority over the Company's Indian policies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copy letter book of William Scott, Commissioner [of the Board of Control], mainly to Richard Rocke, Acting President of members of the East India Company Board of Revenue at Fort William (Calcutta), 1817-1827. Scott details the collection of accounts of the East India Company's revenue, referring to revenue due from agricultural holdings (land tax, tenantry holdings) in Calcutta, Chardpore, Shahpore and Bindhnapore. Scott also writes about the economic condition of the Indian people.

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. 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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given to the Library by Angela Whitelegge, formerly member of staff at the Library, in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Other University of London manuscripts relating to the East India Company include MS 260, 712, and 731.

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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:
Feb 2002; 2007-08-22, Richard Temple

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