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Letters of and to Lieutenant-Colonel John Macdonald mostly concerning his work 'A New System of Telegraphy', but also others of his publications, and with some personal papers.

Identifier: MSS.50698-50699


  • Creation: 1791-1826


Language of Materials

Papers mostly in English, with one letter in French and one in Spanish

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Custodial History

Accessioned by the Library as Acc.10856.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1993, Michael Hicks Beach, London.

Related Materials


Acc.8594. Letter, 1804, to John Macdonald concerning his 'book on tactics'.

MS.1306 (passim). Letters, 1771, 1795, of and concerning John Macdonald.

MS.10782, folios 169-176. Letters, 1792-1793, 1795, of John Macdonald, Fort Marlbro, mostly concerning natural history.

MS.1694, page 105. Letter, 1810, of John Macdonald, Exeter, to Henry Stuart encouraging the intention of the latter to publish an account of the 'internal war of 1745'.

MS.17929, folio 13. Letter, 1822, of John Macdonald to the Reverend James Grant concerning music, Highland bagpipes and Flora Macdonald.

MS.14839, folios 268-269. Letter, 1825, of John Macdonald to the 2nd Viscount Melville concerning telegraphic science.

MS.2521, folio 134. Letter, 4th Jany [gap], of John Macdonald concerning a critical review of a work by him.


MS.8185. Manuscript, 1787, of John Macdonald, 'Practical tracts on artillery'.

Separated Materials

British Library.

Maps and plans of the west coast of Sumatra.

Letters to the Earl of Liverpool: Add.MSS.38249-38295, 38410, 38574, passim.

Devon Records Office.

Letter book concerning Sumatra, London and Exeter.


Macdonald, John.

'A treatise on telegraphic communication, naval, military, and political.' (London: T Egerton, printer, 1808.) Dedicated to Lord Hawkesbury.

'A treatise explanatory of a new system of naval, military and political telegraphic communication of general application, in which a comprehensive numerical dictionary, [...] is applied'. (London: T. Egerton, 1817.)

'Memoir of Lieut.-Col. John Macdonald, F.R.S, M.R.A.S, [etc.], [etc., [etc.]'. (London: Printed by J.L. Cox and Son, 1831.)
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