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Sinclair, Sir John: letter, 7 Jul 1798

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL107
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Sinclair, Sir John: letter, 7 Jul 1798
Date(s): 1798
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Sinclair | Sir | John | 1754-1835 | 1st Baronet | politician and agriculturalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Sinclair was born in Thurso, Caithness, and educated at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Oxford. He qualified as a lawyer in both Scotland and England but never practised law. In 1780 he entered the House of Commons as MP for Caithness, subsequently serving as MP for several English and Scottish constituencies between 1784 and 1811. Sir John wrote several works on ecnomics and agriculture and became the first president of the Board of Agriculture in 1793. His Statistical Account of Scotland popularized the use of the word 'statistics' in English.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Sir John Sinclair of Charlotte Square, [Edinburgh] to the [11th] Earl of Buchan, 7 Jul 1798. Asking his advice upon Sinclair's statistical work on Scotland. 'If the arrangement were finally settled I should consider the Works as having made considerable progress. It is like laying the foundation of a new house: or getting over the first stage of a Journey'. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

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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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