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British Museum. Lansdowne MSS. Selections from
194 Miscellaneous State Papers.
885 Heraldic and Political Miscellanies.
186 State Papers, 1631-1727.
921 W. Indian Trade, 1770-1805. Harleian MSS. Selections from
7001 Original Letters of State, Warrants, etc., 1633–1724. Egerton MSS. Selections from 2650 Family of Barrington Correspondence, Vol. VII, 1675
2179 Political Tracts.
Hill; chiefly 1697-1700.
ress in the Public Record Office, this
dies'' series. ]
tations, and miscellaneous papers; 1733-1748.
[A W I 603] Vol. 6. Plantations General, 1749–1754. [A W I 604] Vol. 7. Miscellaneous papers, 1755-1787. [To old A W I 605
have recently (1909) been added other papers, some
being from old series “Domestic George III.”] Vol. 8. Plantations General, 1775-1783, and one or two papers
of a later date. [A W I 606 and 681] Vol. 10. New Hampshire, 1711-1752; Massachusetts Bay,
1710-1740; Rhode Island, 1709-1742. [A W I 5] ol. 65. Plantations General, 1760-1764. [A W I 268] Vol. 66. Plantations General, 1765-1766. [A W I 269] Vol. 67. Plantations General, 1766–1767. [A W I 270] Vol. 68. Plantations General, 1767. [A W I 271) Vol. 107. Military, America, 1782, Sir G. Carleton. [A W. I
Public Record Office.
147] Vol. 110. Military, No. Amer. 1783. Sir G. Carleton. [A WI
148] Vol. 111. Military, No. Amer. 1783. [A W I 149] Vol. 178. America, Commissioners for restoring Peace, 1779
1782. [A W I 302] Vol. 179. Copies of Correspondence, 1777-1778, delivered into
the office by Lt. Gen. Burgoyne. [A W I 159] Vol. 182. Military; Promiscuous; No. Amer., 1779-1780. [A
W I 155]
W I 156]
Vol. 197. Plantations, 1738. Duke of Newcastle.
Rawlinson MSS. C 710.
IV. TRANSCRIPTS FROM FOREIGN ARCHIVES RELATING TO AMERICAN HISTORY UP TO 1784 IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
The following is a description of the contents and scope of the transcripts of manuscript material relative to the American colonies in the English archives, and of the Stevens Catalogue Index of Manuscripts, and the Stevens Facsimiles and Transcripts now contained in the Division of Manuscripts.
THE B. F. STEVENS PAPERS
A general description of the Stevens Catalogue Index is given in the Report of the Librarian of Congress for 1906, p. 27 et seq. It was acquired in 1905 and comprises 180 volumes, divided into three sections: The Catalogue, 50 volumes; the Chronological Index, 100 volumes; and the Alphabetical Index, 30 volumes. It begins with year 1763, when the Treaty of Paris gave Great Britain undisputed title to the northwestern territory in America, and ends with 1784, when the Treaty of Peace was ratified, acknowledging American independence.
The papers listed are from the following sources:
America and West Indies,
State Papers, Domestic.
Admiralty (Home Office).
Original Correspondence. 2. Miscellaneous collections
Royal Institution, American Manuscripts.
of the Earl of Carlisle;
of Lord Auckland (now in the British Museum);
Mr. Stevens's private collection. (a few) 3. The Paris Archives
Archives des Affaires Étrangères.
Archives Nationales. 4. Holland; The Hague
5. Spanish Archives
Archivo General Central, Alcalá de Henares.
Archivo del Reino, Simancas.
they are (or were) arranged in the original archives. The Chronological Index contains the title of each document, in chrono
logical order, with a brief abstract of its contents and a statement
of its location. The Alphabetical Index is of the names of writers and receivers of docu
ments; of names of places; and, less fully, of subjects and the nature of documents, with a statement of the date of each document
and in what archives it is to be found. The investigator who is studying a certain period should consult the Chronological Index; one searching for information concerning a particular incident, person, or locality should consult the Alphabetical Index first and then the Chronological Index.
Since the catalogue was made, there has been an alteration in the classification and numbering of the archives in the Public Record Office. A volume was added to the catalogue giving the old numbers and the new so far as the new arrangement had gone. Therefore when a Public Record Office document is selected from the catalogue this additional volume should always be consulted if the location of the document is desired.
The Chronological Catalogue indicates whenever a document is to be found in the-
The B. F. Stevens Facsimiles of Manuscripts in European Archives relating to America, 1773-1783, with Descriptions, Editorial Notes, Collations, References and Translations. Issued only to Subscribers at 4, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London, 1889, is a publication of which two hundred copies were issued and the plates destroyed, the first volume appearing in 1889 and the last in 1898, there being twenty-five volumes, the last being the narrative conclusion, lists of documents and index.
The documents facsimiled for 1773 are only 5; 2 for 1774; very few for 1782 and 1783, and few for 1781; the great bulk being for 1777, 1778, 1779.
The total number of documents is 2,107, being about 10,500 foolscap folios. They are selected from the Public Record Office, Auckland Manuscripts at King's College, Carlisle Manuscripts at Castle Howard, Royal Institution, Archives des Affaires Étrangères at Paris, Dartmouth, Abergavenny, and Tower of London. Manuscripts, and a few of Mr. Stevens's private collection.
The arrangement is not chronological, nor strictly by subjects, but the index and lists in the final volume render it easy to find any document.
The facsimiles are of the secret correspondence of the British Government with its political agents relative to the colonies; of the Royal and Parliamentary Commission of 1778, and the conciliatory bills; a series of Silas Deane's letters and memoirs to the French Government; letters of Dubourg, Beaumarchais, Gérard, and Vergennes; private letters of the loyalist Judge William Smith to Eden; Sir Henry Clinton's letters to Eden; papers relative to the capture and imprisonment of Henry Laurens; correspondence of Lord Stormont; papers bearing on Arthur Lee and Sayre at Berlin; unofficial correspondence of Lafayette with Vergennes; papers relative to the siege of Savannah in 1779; and correspondence of Ambrose Serle.
The Peace Transcripts.— These are transcripts relating to the negotiations for peace and the treaty of peace between the United States and Great Britain, dating from 1782 to 1784. The number of the documents copied is about 1,100; the number of folios about 5,240. They are from
Rijks Archief, Holland.
Franklin and Rayneval, Vergennes and Oswald;
Drafts of Treaties; There is a separate list of the papers and they are chronologically arranged. The eleven documents dating after 1783 are not included in the Stevens Index Catalogue.