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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 O/047
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1606
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Sanderson | William | 1547/8-1638 | merchant and financier


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Sanderson (1547/8-1638) trained as a merchant in London, before travelling throughout North Europe. By the time he returned and settled in London he was a wealthy man, having inherited property as well as making profits through trading. He married in 1584/5 and had at least 8 children, including Sir William Sanderson (1586-1676) the historian. Sanderson invested some of his wealth in new ventures, including voyages to Greenland and Baffin Island, and Ralegh's exploits in Virginia. He also supported Emery Molyneux, the first English globe maker, whose globes were presented to Queen Elizabeth. He and Ralegh fell out in 1594 over the funding of an expedition to Guiana and their friendship ended. Sanderson had to recoup considerable sums from Ralegh's estate after his execution in 1618. Sanderson himself ran into financial difficulties from around 1613 and spent some time in prison. He died in 1638 at his home on the Strand.

Information from: Anita McConnell, 'Sanderson, William (1547/8-1638)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.


Scope and content/abstract:

Quit claim for an orchard in Lambeth belonging to William Sanderson, 1606; with an undated note [twentieth century] on William Sanderson, financier and merchant adventurer.

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System of arrangement:

Items in chronological order.

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Available for general access.

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Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in March 1961.

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Description Notes

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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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