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Archive of John Palmer


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Letter-books and papers of John Palmer, consisting of:

  1. Palmer's 'private' letter-books, containing letters written from Calcutta, 1808-1834, each containing an alphabetical index of addressees at the front
  2. Letter-books (without indexes) containing letters from Palmer, mainly written from Batavia, 1824, 1827-8
  3. Business correspondence of John Palmer, with some family letters, 1813-1841, newspaper cuttings, 1819-1862, and letters, 1890, concerning John Palmer and the Palmer family
  4. Account books containing 'private disbursements' of John Palmer, 1825-1827


  • Creation: 1805-35


6.25 Linear metres (66 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 67, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 67-127, d. 105-107; Eng. hist. c. 301-302

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13306


Archive of John Palmer

Biographical / Historical

John Palmer (1766-1836) of Palmer & Co., India. See N. Tarling, 'The prince of merchants and the Lion City' (Royal Asiastic Society, Journal of the Malaysian Branch, 37 pt. i (1964), 20-40).

Custodial History

The papers were owned by Sir Reginald Hobhouse, Bart., a descendant of John Palmer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to the Library in 1947.

Catalogue of the archive of John Palmer
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom