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GOODWIN, Robert (fl 1776)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/453
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: GOODWIN, Robert (fl 1776)
Date(s): 1776-1804
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 4 production units.
Name of creator(s): Goodwin | Robert | fl 1776 | trader


Administrative/Biographical history:

"The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson's Bay", later known as the Hudson's Bay Company, was founded in May 1670 with a royal charter from Charles II. The charter allowed the company a monopoly over trade, particularly in furs, in the region watered by all rivers and streams flowing into Hudson Bay [now in Canada]. The area was named Rupert's Land after Prince Rupert of the Rhine who had provided financial backing for the initial explorations which found Hudson Bay. Prince Rupert became the first director of the Company.

Headquarters were established at Fort Nelson on the Nelson River, while other posts were constructed around the edge of the Bay, including Fort Albany in 1670. Fort Albany was captured by the French in 1686 but reclaimed by the English in 1693.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records comprise the correspondence of Robert Goodwin in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Albany and elsewhere, and the accompanying parchment pouches in which the letters are assumed to have been stored.

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:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were deposited in Guildhall Library in 1951 by the Fishmongers' Company and catalogued 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 records of the Hudson's Bay Company are held at the Archives of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Microfilm copies of parts of the archive (1671-1904) are available at The National Archives, Kew.

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:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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