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Standing Committee on Trade

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 29
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Standing Committee on Trade
Date(s): [1622]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 12 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Privy Council is descended from the curia regis, which was made up of the king's tenants in chief, household officials, and anyone else the king chose. This group performed all the functions of government. About the time of Edward I (reigned 1272-1307), the executive and advising duties of the Curia Regis came to be handled by a select group, the king's secret council, which later came to be called the Privy Council. From the Privy Council there later developed the Cabinet.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume containing Letters Patent of King James I, 1622, addressed to Henry Montague, Viscount Mandeville and several other Lords, Knights and Esquires, appointing them Commissioners on a Standing Committee on Trade. This manuscript would seem to be a contemporary copy of the original document, containing the composition of and the instructions issued to what was practically the first English Board of Trade.

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. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. 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:

The manuscript was bought from Quaritch in Apr 1908, as an addition to the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature.

Allied Materials

Related material:

There is a printed copy of these Letters Patent in the Goldsmiths' Library (Ref: 510).

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Publication note:

There is an account of the Commission in David Macpherson Annals of Commerce, Manufactures, Fisheries and Navigation, ... containing the commercial transactions of the British Empire and other countries, from the earliest accounts to ... January 1801 (London and Edinburgh, 1805).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) 2nd edition, and NCA rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names (1997).

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2000

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