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King, Charles: letter (1725)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL69
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: King, Charles: letter (1725)
Date(s): 1725
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): King | Charles | fl 1713-1725 | merchant and writer on economics


Administrative/Biographical history:

Little is known about Charles King's life. He was a regular contributor to The British Merchant, a periodical that began to be produced after the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713 and argued against a proposed commercial treaty with France. King produced a collection of some of the more important articles, which was published in three volumes in 1721, also under the title The British Merchant; the work was influential. A French translation by Forbonnais, based on either the 2nd (1743) or 3rd (1748) edition, was published in 1753.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Charles King of Brompton, [London] to 'My Lord' [1st Baron King, shortly to become Lord Chancellor], 25 May 1725. Accompanying a copy of The British Merchant. Stating that it had been 'said that ye fewer there were Printed the bettter, because it Contain'd many Secrets of out Trade wch if Transmitted to Foreign Parts [i.e. France] might do us Hurt'. Autograph, with signature.

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 at the central building of the University of London (1921). A copy is available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

From the Naylor Collection.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

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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