Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00222 2B Annex - Thomas Townshend Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00222 2B Annex


Thomas Townshend Papers


  • 1741-1800 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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2 boxes

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Name of creator

(ca. 1732-1800)

Biographical history

Thomas Townshend, born either 1732 or 1733, graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, and was a Member of Parliament for almost thirty years, between 1754-1783. He was created Baron Sydney of Chislehurst in 1783, and retired in 1789 with the title of Viscount Sydney. He died in 1800.

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Acquired in 1984 from D. and E. Lake.

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The collection consists primarily of correspondence written to Townshend. The letters are from family, friends, political colleagues and people who worked for him or served under him. Many were written to Townshend between 1784 and 1786 after he was made Baron Sydney and when he was secretary of state in the Pitt government, with many asking for political favours.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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