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King, John: letter (1799)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL372
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: King, John: letter (1799)
Date(s): 1799
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): King | John | 1759-1830 | Home Office official and politician


Administrative/Biographical history:

John King was born in Lancashire in 1759. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford and studied law at Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, before being called to the bar in 1790. He became law clerk at the Home Office in 1791 and progressed to joint secretary to the Treasury by 1806. He also became MP for Enniskillen, co. Fermanagh, Ireland in 1806 but gave up the seat the same year, due to bad health. He then became comptroller of army accounts, a post he held until his death in 1830.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from John King of Whitehall to William Fawkener, Esq, 9 Nov 1799. Covering letter stating that the Duke of Portland [Home Secretary] had referred a petition on Irish oat and bean exports to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Charles Cornwallis]. Enclosing a copy [missing] of Cornwallis's letter on the subject, sent 'for the information of the Lords of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council'. [Written in another hand and] signed by John King. Endorsed: 'Letter from Mr. King transmitting Copy Letter from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, upon the subject of the petition of the proprietors of mail coaches, praying that the exportation of oats and beans from Ireland may be allowed in favour of Great Britain only'; endorsement dated 20 Nov 1799.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue

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. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased from E Hall, 1967.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya turner.

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:
July 2008

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