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Edward Smith correspondence, 1769-1774.

Author/Creator:
Smith, Edward, recipient.
Publication:
1769-1774.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
4 boxes
Subjects:
East India Company -- 18th century.
Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818.
Bengal (India) -- History -- 18th century.
Form/Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Manuscripts, British -- 18th century.
Biography/History:
Edward Smith was the son of Thomas Smith (1701-1799), who was the Receiver of Christ's Hospital in London, a school for poor children made possible by Edward VI and Henry VIII. At the time of these letters Edward Smith was a writer for the East India Company in Calcatta, Bengal. It appears he was also a soldier in the employ of the East India Company.
Summary:
The majority of the letters received by Edward Smith in this collection were written by his father, Thomas Smith, who conveys much information gathered from high-level officials at the India House in London. Thomas Smith is also acquainted with Warren Hastings and writes much about him. Many of the letters talk about transporting items back and forth between England and India. Other correspondents include sisters Ann Smith and Jane Smith, John Church, Richard Kilburn, William Briggs, Captain W. E. Brereton, and Captain James Stewart. The letters were bound "In memory of Mr. Thomas Smith of Christ Hospital London who departed this life the 29 day of Dec 1799 aged 98 years" and "also of Mrs. Mary Smith his widow who departed this life the 5 day of June 1800 aged 82 years." This note on the cover includes the anticipated departure from life of Edward Smith, but there is no date written.
Contents:
Box 1: Cover note and letters from 1769 to 1772. Box 2: letters from 1772 to 1773. Box 3: letters from 1773 to 1774. Box 4: original binding removed by conservator.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Rosengarten Family Fund.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by the Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2013.
Contributor:
Smith, Thomas, 1701-1799.
Rosengarten Family Fund.
OCLC:
858541518
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