The diplomatic papers of Charles Stuart, 1st baron Stuart de Rothesay, relating to his mission to Portugal 1810-1813, comprise some 680 letters, amounting to about 1,000 pages.
Stuart had been in the diplomatic service since 1801. Having undertaken a liaison and intelligence-gathering mission in French-occupied Spain from 1808-1810, he was appointed minister at Lisbon in 1810. In the absence of the Portuguese court which had fled to Brazil, Stuart was made a member of the ruling Regency Council, making him, along with Wellington with whom he worked closely, a highly important figure in military and political circles.
The correspondence reflects his position, and comprises military and administrative papers, papers relating to intelligence, diplomatic correspondence and also some personal correspondence.
Josephine Reid began working for Graham Greene as his secretary in 1959. Alongside more ordinary secretarial duties, she typed Greene’s manuscripts and, when she retired from the more secretarial side of the job she continued to type Greene's literary manuscripts. Josephine Reid’s collection of papers is mostly new to scholarship
A copy of the second edition of Dryden’s seminal translation of Virgil. The work had first appeared in 1697, and became perhaps the most frequently cited literary text in the Jacobite community during the 18th century. In format a folio, elegantly ‘adorn’d with a hundred sculptures’, what distinguishes this heavily-used copy is its provenance. It belonged to the most prominent Scottish Jacobite family after the '45, the Gordons of Letterfoury in Aberdeenshire, and bears the bookplate of Sir James Gordon (d.1748).
Coleridge wrote this letter to his brother George while he and Wordsworth were staying in Kendal. It can be fairly described as a manifesto issued at a turning point of his life: after his return from Malta and not long before his estrangement from Wordsworth.
This substantial collection of manuscripts relating to the artist, engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) was amassed over a lifetime of research and scholarship by Iain Bain. It includes working drafts and notes, correspondence, posthumous letters and documents, and invoices, accounts, notebooks and other papers.
This archive had been held on deposit with West Glamorgan Archives Service for more than twenty years and, as a rare survival of engineering drawings from the early period of the industrial revolution, constituted one of our most impor
Grant Value: £1,842 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £1,842
Institution: Wallace Collection
The Venetian state maintained an historic collection of the finest artillery produced in the Arsenal, but sadly all these pieces were taken by the French in 1798 and all but one were melted down. This makes the work Artiglieria Veneta by the Republic’s last director of artillery, Domenico Gasperoni, all the more important. Gasperoni recorded the collection through the publication in 1779 of 19 beautiful engraved plates, which today form the basis of much of our knowledge of the history of Venetian ordnance.
A copy of this book is listed in the first catalogue of the Plume Library, 1704, but it subsequently went missing. Early in 2013 an opportunity arose to replace it, and with the generous support of The Friends of the National Libraries this has now been done. Philosophicall Poems was published when Plume had been in Christ’s College for only two years. We do not yet know if Plume heard More lecture or preach but the thinking behind these poems may have influenced his earliest formation as a scholar, and the beliefs on which his long career as a minister and archdeacon of the Church of England were founded.