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Taylor, John: letter, 17 Feb 1795

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL308
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Taylor, John: letter, 17 Feb 1795
Date(s): 1795
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves (1 blank)
Name of creator(s): Taylor | John | d 1808 | East India Company employee and writer


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Taylor entered the East India Company as a cadet in 1776; he became a lieutenant in 1780, a captain in 1789, a major in 1797 and a lieutenant-colonel in 1800. He is now best known for making the journey from London to India overland in 1789, which he described in a journal published 10 years later, and was a firm advocate of advantages of the land route over the more usual journey by sea. Taylor wrote three further works on India before his death at Poona (Pune) in 1808.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from John Taylor of the Cannon Coffee House, Charing Cross to Alexander Dalrymple Esq, 17 Feb 1795. Covering letter to a 1794 proof copy of Captain Taylor's Considerations on the practicability and advantages of a more speedy communication between Great Britain and her possessions in India [advocating the superiority of the overland route above the usual sea voyage]. 'I hope I have profited by the advice you was kind enough to give me some time ago in regard to the accompanying plan ... I have ... condensed the subject and am now busy in arranging what authorities I have been able to collect ...'. 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:

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Found enclosed with a copy of the proof sheets of Taylor's Considerations ... of a more speedy communication between Great Britain and India (proof 1794, published 1795) - classmark: [G.L.] 1795 fol.

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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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