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Pitt, William (the younger): letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL98
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Pitt, William (the younger): letter
Date(s): 1796
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Pitt | William | 1759-1806 | Prime Minister, known as Pitt the younger


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Pitt was born in Kent in 1759. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He entered Parliament as MP for Appleby-in-Westmoreland in 1781 and later served as MP for Cambridge University. He served as Prime Minister twice (1783-1801, 1804-1806); aged just 24 at the time of his first appointment. He remains the youngest person ever to become British Prime Minster. He was successful in controlling the financial affairs of government, but was unable to bring about Catholic emancipation, abolition of the slave trade or parliamentary reform. He was known as Pitt the Younger to distinguish him from his father (Pitt the Elder), William Pitt, Earl of Chatham.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from William Pitt (Pitt the younger) of Downing Street, [London] to Lord [Auckland], 30 Nov 1796. Relating to the Loyalty Loan and to the promise of its success. A postscript states: 'The Companies are I think nearly secure as far as towards four Millions, and may yield more. Many of the Leading Bankers and monied men are very eager, and one single House (not a Banker) has sent me a list of 350,000'. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

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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:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inside a copy of John Phipps's A guide to the commerce of Bengal - classmark: [G.L.] 1823.

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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:
Aug 2008

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