Letters, chiefly of the first two Viscounts Melville and other Dundases. Edit




  • 1719, 1771-1820, undated. (Creation)


  • 83 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1950, by the Trustees of the Sir William Fraser Trust.

  • Arrangement

    83 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    Many of the letters appear to have been addressed to John Wauchope, Writer to the Signet. Those of the 1st Viscount Melville are mainly drafts. The letters deal, among other matters, with family affairs, Scottish politics and appointments, the defence of Scotland, the affairs of the sons of the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen, and work done by Sir Francis Chantrey. Other papers include a draft petition in the name of the Scottish Representative Peers against the Bill for abolishing their election, 1719; a poem of Ebenezer Elliott; fragments in the hand of De Quincey; and letters of the Reverend Alexander Carlyle, Lord Brougham, Dr Chalmers, and Lord Jeffrey.