Sub-sub-fonds CR. - India official correspondence,

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India official correspondence,


  • 1752-1774. (Creation)

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Letter books and bundles of loose letters containing official and some private correspondence mainly from, but also, to Clive, relating to his life in India and England, 1752-1759,1765-1774. For the most part there is no clear division between either the public and private or the Indian and European aspects of the correspondence. Owing to the predominance of the public correspondence, it is Clive's service in the East India Company and, in the wider context, the history of British rule in India, rather than his domestic and private concerns, that provide the main subject matter. The group also contains indexes and registers of corespondence, and letters written in Persian, 1752-1773, almost all addressed to Clive, relating mainly to military and financial affairs in India and to relationship with and between native Indian rulers.

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Arranged into eleven series: letter books of general letters to Europe and within India, 1756-1759; country letter books, 1765-1767; Europe letter books; 1765, letter books of letters within England to various individuals, 1767-1774, letter books of letters within England to the Company directors, 1767-1774, India letter books, 1767-1773, indexes/lists of correspondence; 1765-1767, registers of 'Country Correspondence Letters Received and Sent', 1756-1758, letters in Persian, 1756-1773, notebooks of letters sent within India, 1765, and minutes of 'Country Correspondence', 1766.

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Eighteenth century maps and plans of India including charts of the West Indies by Captain Spear, Jeffereye's map of the East Indies, a large map of Bengal on rollers, and a plan, Jan. 1760, of the new citadel built at Calcutta following Clive's recapture of the city and his victory at Plassey, 1757,are NLW, Department of Pictures and Maps, Powis Rolled Maps 240, 241, 244, 254.

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