Drafts and notes of the 1st Earl of Minto. Edit


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Level of Description


  • 1776-[1806], undated. (Creation)


  • 227 Leaves (Whole)



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    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    227 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows. (i) Memorandum in defence of the 1st Earl of Minto's administration of Corsica, 1797, (folio 1); (ii) Draft of a speech on the suspension of Habeas Corpus, January 1797 (folio 2); (iii) Draft of a speech in the House of Lords, 21 November 1798, on Nelson's victory in the Battle of the Nile (folio 25); (iv) Drafts of and notes for speeches in the House of Lords, June 1802-circa April 1803, against the provisions of the Peace of Amiens and the Government's handling of the negotiations (folio 29) (v) Drafts and related notes for a speech in the House of Lords, February 1803, against French domination in Switzerland (folio 87); (vi) Manuscript for the printer of pages 1-9 of the House of Lords speech published as 'The speech of Lord Minto in the House of Peers, June 6th 1803' (London, 1803), with related notes (folio 142); (vii) Drafts of speeches in the House of Lords debates, June 1803, on the defence proposals of the administration (folio 150); (viii) Heads of proposals for conscription, ?1803 (folio 174); (ix) 'Political Reflection on the title of Emperor _ in the person of Napoleon Bonaparte' May 1804 (folio 176); (x) Draft of a speech, probably as President of the Board of Control, [1806], in defence of Indian policies (folio 206); (xi) Memoranda, undated, on various items of ministerial patronage (folio 218); (xii) Draft of a speech, undated, in support of a financial bill (folio 222); (xiii) Notes, undated, on 'Wars and Treaties _ after the Revolution 1688', with a wine-cellar list, 1776 (folio 224).