Correspondence and papers of Major-General James Stuart, younger brother of Andrew Stuart. Edit


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Level of Description


  • 1775-1791. (Creation)


  • 130 Volumes (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The papers chiefly refer to James Stuart's stay in India as an officer (later Commander-in-Chief) of the forces of the East India Company based at Fort St George (Madras). The most detailed portions of the papers cover the year immediately prior to Stuart's dismissal from the Company's service in 1783. Stuart appears to have retained these papers as justification of his actions and as a defence against accusations of inefficiency. He made different sets of copies of much of his correspondence for this purpose (see MSS.8403-8412: ‘Extracted Correspondence’). Accordingly the same letters may appear in several different sections of the papers, and they may have been indexed more than once.

  • Separated Materials

    For other material relating to James Stuart's Indian administration, see MSS.5381-5389.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are arranged as follows:

    MSS.8326-8353. Correspondence. MSS.8354-8402. Letter-books. MSS.8403-8412. Extracted Correspondence. MSS.8413-8424. The Pigot Affair. MSS.8425-8430. Administrative Papers. MSS.8431-8433. Journals. MSS.8434-8436. Notebooks. MSS.8437-8440. Miscellaneous Papers. MSS.8441-8455. Printed Correspondence.