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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/100
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1788-1793
Level of description: Collection
Extent: One production unit.
Name of creator(s): Revolution Society in London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Society's origins are obscure. It appears to have met annually, from the time of the Glorious Revolution, at a number of taverns in the City of London, to commemorate the ideal of civil, political and religious liberty it saw enshrined in the events of 1688. Reinvigorated by the approaching centenary of the Revolution, it campaigned for a national day of celebration to be held on 4 November, the birthday of William III. On the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, the Society corresponded enthusiastically with radical societies throughout France; this correspondence was published as The Correspondence of the Revolution Society in London, with the National Assembly and with various societies of the friends of liberty in France and England, 1792.


Scope and content/abstract:

Membership list of the Revolution Society in London.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

One item.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

This photocopy of the list was made in September 1987 and was catalogued in the same year by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The minutes for 1788 were published as An abstract of the history and proceedings of the Revolution Society in London, London, 1789; a copy is available in the Guildhall Library Printed Books Section. The original is British Library Add MS 64814.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
June to August 2010.

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