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Macartney, George, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS. 3352 and 5746
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Macartney, George, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806)
Date(s): 1782-1787, c.1805
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume and 1 file
Name of creator(s): Macartney | George | 1737-1806 | 1st Earl Macartney | diplomat


Administrative/Biographical history:

George Macartney (1737-1806), 1st Earl Macartney, was Governor and President of Fort St George, Madras, 1780-1786.


Scope and content/abstract:

MS. 3352: Copy dated c1805 of a journal of a voyage from London to Cochin-China, 11 September 1792-15 June 1793. Note on verso of leaf 2 signed 'J.B.' (Sir John Barrow (1764-1848), Secretary to the Admiralty, and founder of the Royal Geographical Society) states 'This journal was written by Lord Macartney on board the Lion merely for his own amusement and to pass away a few heavy hours on a very long sea voyage'. MS. 5746: Correspondence and papers relating to medical services in Madras, 1782-1787, comprising 2 letters to Macartney from John Ruding, surgeon, Chingleput, 1782, 1783; letter to Macartney from James Hodges, Masulipatam, 1783; letter to Macartney from George Bell (d.1789), surgeon, Tanjore, 1783; Committee Minute on a proposal by Macartney for a fixed establishment of surgeons, 1784; letter to Macartney from Terence Gahagan, surgeon, enclosing a copy of his plan for the reform of the medical department, Vellore, 1787 (the plan is addressed to Macartney's successor as Governor of Fort St George, Madras, Sir Archibald Campbell).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Described in: S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973) and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Collection level description available on-line on the Wellcome Library website

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MS. 3352 purchased from Stevens, London, 1930 (accession number 56577). MS. 5746 purchased from R D Gurney Ltd., 1989 (accession number 348236)

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Barrow, Sir John, A voyage to Cochinchina in the years 1792 and 1793 ... To which is annexed an account of a journey made in the years 1801 and 1802 to the residence of the chiefs of the Booshuana nation (1806)
Barrow, Sir John, memoir of George Macartney (1737-1806), 1st Earl Macartney (1807).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
description compiled by Helen Wakely based upon those in the Library's published finding aids by S.A.J. Moorat and Richard Palmer.

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:
December 2000

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