Correspondence and papers sent by William Ross, a former Madras civil servant, Sir George Ramsay, Baronet, of Bamff, and Lieutenant (later Major-General) William Blackburne, to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville. Edit




  • 1786-1801. (Creation)


  • 221 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The correspondence, which includes extensive memoranda and minutes, deals in considerable detail with the policies of the East India Company's Madras government towards the Raja of Tanjore, the question of the Tanjore and Arcot debts, and dynastic disputes in the royal house.

    An original letter, with translation, of the Raja of Tanjore to Dundas (folios 123-137), is included in the Blackburne correspondence.

  • Arrangement

    221 folios.

    The letters and papers of Ross (folio 1), Sir George Ramsay (folio 95), and Blackburne (folio 108), were arranged separately by a clerk, and bound into a single volume. Within the three groups the order is largely chronological.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 14 November 1955, lot 1085.

  • Custodial History

    Originally sold in the Melville sale at Sotheby's, 23 February 1927, lot 711.