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South Sea Company: Notebook of Subscribers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 SR 0083
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: South Sea Company: Notebook of Subscribers
Date(s): [1711], 1720
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): South Sea Company x Corporation for carrying on trade to the South Seas

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and Lord Treasurer, initiated a scheme for the funding of national debt through the South Sea Company, founded in 1711 to trade with Spanish America, on the assumption that the War of the Spanish Succession would end with a treaty permitting such trade. The Treaty of Utrecht, 1713, was less favourable than had been hoped, but confidence in the Company remained artificially high, eventually leading to the collapse of the stock market in 1720 (the South Sea Bubble) and the ruin of many investors. The Company, however, survived until 1853.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Notebook containing a draft address to Robert, Earl of Oxford, by the subscription commission of the Corporation for carrying on trade to the South Seas, [1711], including a list of subscribers of more than 3,000. The names of Governors and Directors of the Corporation are indicated by a mark in the margin. The last page of the book has been reused for personal accounts, including the purchase of female mourning clothes, 1720.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

1 volume

Conditions governing access:

Open.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright unknown.

Finding aids:

No further list required.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Given by the British Records Association in 1962. Also known as R 0083.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds another collection relating to the South Sea Company (Ref: SR 1073).


The British Library, London, holds records of the South Sea Company, 1711-1856 (Ref: Add Mss 25494-584); the House of Lords Record Office has minutes, accounts, receipts and subscription books, 1711-1733; the Guildhall Library, London, contains correspondence and receipts, 1711-1765; the University of London Library holds warrants, deeds and accounts, 1712-1724 (Ref: Mss 89, 394); London Metropolitan Archives has a register of clerks, 1720-1853.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
Mar 2001

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