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Committee on Trade and Plantations

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 159
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Committee on Trade and Plantations
Date(s): 1823-1827
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 volumes
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1784, a new Committee of Council on Trade and Plantations was created by an Order in Council (Privy Council). Its functions were mainly consultative. As the Industrial Revolution gathered momentum, the department's work became mainly executive, and from 1840 a succession of statutes gave it power to regulate industry and commerce. It officially became the Board of Trade in 1861, though the title was in common use for a long time beforehand.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volumes containing copies of the minutes of the 'Committee of Council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to Trade and Foreign Plantations', 3 Mar 1823-6 Feb 1827. Each volume contains an index of contents. It appears from the watermarks that the volumes were written later than 1826, possibly under the direction of William Huskisson, President of the Board of Trade.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Five volumes.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. 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:

This manuscript was thought by Herbert Somerton Foxwell to have come from the collection of William Huskisson (1770-1830), President of the Board of Trade from 1823-1827.

Immediate source of acquisition:

It was bought by Herbert Somerton Foxwell from Bailey Brothers in 1906, as an addition to the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University of London MS 78 comprises a report by and earlier incarnation of the Committee on Trade and Plantations, 1703.

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Publication note:

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:
Jul 2000

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