Letters and papers relating chiefly to the City of Edinburgh. Edit


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  • 1773, 1790-1837, 1849. (Creation)


  • 307 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Arrangement

    307 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The correspondents and subjects dealt with include:

    Contract of Professor William Cullen, 1773; Professor John Playfair, 1790; Sir William Forbes and the proposed regulations regarding Bills of Exchange and Notes, 1790; Sir John Sinclair and Scottish wool, 1791; Mutiny of Highland troops at Linlithgow, 1794; Report on the Friends of the People and on J Gerrald, 1794; Printed circular letter to the Faculty of Advocates regarding the Deanship and Henry Erskine, with signatures of A Maconochie, Charles Hope, David Boyle and others, 1795; Dr John Moore, 1796; A plan for joining the Old and New Towns, 1800; Right of the magistrates of Edinburgh to act as Justices of the Peace, 1800; Celebration of Pitt’s birthday in Edinburgh, [?1807]; Residence of Louis XVIII, as the Comte de Lille, at Holyroodhouse, 1807; Henry Dundas on the Peninsular War, 1808; The agent for the convention of Royal Burghs, 1811; Universities of Scotland and the Copyright Bill, 1814; Sir William Rae’s statement on the Edinburgh Gaol Bill and the County Buildings, 1816; Reverend Dr Thomas Chalmers and the Divinity Chair, University of Edinburgh, 1817; Restoration of St Giles’ Cathedral, 1818, 1826; Financial affairs of the City of Edinburgh, 1819, 1833, 1835; Appointment of J Gillespie as H M Architect in Scotland, 1822; Francis Jeffrey and John Hope on candidature of John Ramsay McCulloch for a proposed chair of political economy at Edinburgh University, 1825; Report and letters on the upkeep and improvements of the streets, 1825, 1837, 1849; The King’s donation towards the building of the Royal High School, 1826; Royal Observatory, 1827; Repairs to and occupation of Holyroodhouse, 1828 (including a letter of Robert Peel); Proposed House of Refuge, 1829; Resignation of Solicitor-General Hope, 1830; Political agitation in Edinburgh, 1831; Plan of proposed site for the County Hall and Advocates’ Library, 1834; Upkeep of roads between Edinburgh and the County of Midlothian, 1834; Allowance of the Lord Provost, 1835.