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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/227-100
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1740-1807
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 production units.
Name of creator(s): Innes and Clerk | merchants


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Innes and Thomas Clerk formed a partnership from circa 1748 which was dissolved in 1760. From 1750 their office was at Lime Street Square. From 1760-64 William Innes was the elder partner of Innes and Hope. He operated on his own thereafter and a William Innes is listed in London directories at 6 Lime Street Square until 1797.


Scope and content/abstract:

The letters cover 1740-1807 and show Innes and Clerk and successor firms providing many services for their correspondents including paying bills of exchange and arranging credit, and buying, selling and shipping goods.

Ms 3070 comprises in-letters from the Adam brothers, architects; Ms 8031 comprises in-letters, mainly from Scottish correspondents.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The correspondence was acquired by Guildhall Library at different times, Ms 3070 sometime before 1932 and Ms 8031 in 1953. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

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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:
January to May 2011.

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