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Young, Arthur: letter [Aug 1790]

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL121
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Young, Arthur: letter [Aug 1790]
Date(s): [1790]
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Young | Arthur | 1741-1820 | agriculturist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Young was born in London and educated at Lavenham, Suffolk. After attempts at working in commerce and in publishing, he took up farming on the family estate as Bradfield Hall, Suffolk. He became a successful farmer on several properties, was appointed to the Board of Agriculture in 1793, and wrote several books on farming and agricultural methods. He also travelled widely and the published accounts of his journeys through Britain, Ireland and France contain much social and political observation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Arthur Young to the Rt Hon Lord Sheffield [1st Earl of Sheffield], Sheffield Place, East Grinstead, Sussex, [Aug 1790]. Refers to Young's last journey to France and Italy in 1789. The Duc de Liancourt entertained him in Paris for three weeks; he wishes to buy "some capital Sussex oxen" for Liancourt and enquires whether Lord Sheffield has any "of the first rate". States that France is absolutely ruined in point of trade and manufactures. Mentions a conversation with Lord Hawkesbury [Charles Jenkinson] 'on ye new corn bill wch appar. will be a governt. one - & so not too good for ye L Int. [landed interest]". Autograph, with signature. Written on the blank pages of a printed questionnaire asking for information from corn growers in relation to the Corn Laws, for use in Young's 'Annal of Agriculture'; answers to the questions are filled in in MS.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

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. 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:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library: Supplement 1921-1930 (1930). A copy is 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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