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Notebooks of Sir William Hamilton


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Notebooks of Sir William Hamilton consisting of:
  1. Orderly books of the 4rd Regiment of Foot Guards in Holland, 1747-1748
  2. Notebooks of extracts made by Hamilton in 1764 from Sir James Gray's correspondence with secretaries of state when envoy to Naples, 1754-1764
  3. Deciphered copies of letters to Hamilton as envoy to Naples, 1765-1768
  4. Hamilton's memoranda on his correspondence as envoy, 1783, 1789-1793
  5. Notebook containing lists of subjects of works of art, not in Sir William's hand


  • 1747-1793


15 shelfmarks

Language of Materials


Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. hist. g. 3].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. g. 3-16; Eng. misc. e. 105

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12996

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) was a diplomat and archaeologist. He was an officer in the 3rd Regiment of the Foot Guards, 1747-1758, and British envoy extraordinary and plenipotentiary at the court of Naples, 1764-1800. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The notebooks were bought from P.J. & A.E. Dobell in 1921.
Notebooks of Sir William Hamilton
Emily Tarrant
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom