- 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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Preferred citation: CR.