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Quincy, Samuel: letters (1711-1915)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL321
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Quincy, Samuel: letters (1711-1915)
Date(s): 1771-1915
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 13 items (c75 leaves)
Name of creator(s): Quincy | Samuel | 1734-1789 | lawyer and writer
Treadwell | Grace W | fl 1915 | collector


Administrative/Biographical history:

Samuel Quincy was born in Braintree (in an area now part of the city of Quincy), Massachusetts, in 1734. He was educated at Harvard. After graduating, he studied law and was called to the Suffolk bar in 1758. Whilst his younger brother Josiah, also a lawyer, supported the American revolutionary movement, Samuel supported the British colonial government. He left America for England in 1775, shortly after the Revolution broke out, to take up a job with the British government; his wife Hannah, whom he had married in 1761, and their children remained in New England with her brother Henry Hill. In 1780 he moved to Antigua to become Comptroller of Customs, where his family were able to rejoin him. Quincy was fond of music and theatre, wrote poetry, and kept a detailed diary of his time in London and Paris.

No information relating to Miss Grace W Treadwell was available at the time of compilation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typed copies of 11 letters from Samuel Quincy of London and of St John's, Antigua, to his wife Hannah Quincy, 1771-1781. Including a copy of 1 letter to 'Hal' [probably Hannah's brother, Henry Hill]. With a covering letter from Miss Grace W Treadwell of 42 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, to Edward Alfred Jones, 1915. Forwarding the copies. 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:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Copies made by Miss Treadwell in 1915 from the originals then in her possession.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Institute of Historical Research, 1935.

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:
Aug 2008

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