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d'Ivernois, Sir Francis: letter (1813)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL246
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: d'Ivernois, Sir Francis: letter (1813)
Date(s): 1813
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): d'Ivernois | Sir | Francis | 1757-1842 | Knight | economist, historian and diplomat x d'Ivernois | Francois


Administrative/Biographical history:

Originally from Geneva, Francis or Francois d'Ivernois was exiled from Switzerland as a young man. In 1784 he wrote An Historical and Political View of the Constitution and Revolutions of Geneva in the Eighteenth Century, which was published anonymously. In the 1790s and early 1800s, d'Ivernois, who opposed the French Revolution, came to live in England and worked for the government as an adviser, agent and propagandist. King George III knighted him for his services to the country. In later life d'Ivernois returned to Switzerland, serving as the Swiss representative to the Congress of Vienna (1815) and later on the Conseil d'Etat.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Francis d'Ivernois of Reichenbach to an unidentified correspondent, 4 Aug 1813. Covering letter accompanying a 40-sheet corrected proof of an unfinished work. 'Je souhaite fort que vous soyez content de mon travail ce qui suppose que vous aurez le tems de le lire, ce dont je doute. Dans ce double cas, je serais tres flatte d'apprendre qu'il vous ait paru meriter les honneurs d'une reimpression francaise a  Londres, ce qui apres tout, est peut etre le vrai moyen de le faire connaitre en France a Le petit merite de cet opuscule consiste y avoir tire fort au clair l'etat actuel du commerce de la France.' 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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in the proof copy of d'Ivernois's Histoire des décrets commerciaux - see classmark: [G.L.] 1811.

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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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