Papers of Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex
Copies of letters and dispatches written by Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1672-77, arranged chronologically in five volumes (Aug. 5, 1672-end of 1673, 1674, 1675, 1676, and Jan. 1-Aug. 15, 1677 respectively). A full list and index of the 139 persons or public bodies to whom the letters are addressed are in manuscript in the Library. The ink in these volumes is in parts light and faint. Nearly all the letters of 1675 (only) were published in 1770.
0.55 Linear metres (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Add. C. 33, fols. 1-2].
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MSS. Add. C. 33-37
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CMD ID 12848
Copies of letters and dispatches written by Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex, when Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1672-77.
Biographical / Historical
Arthur Capel (1631-1683) 1st Earl of Essex, was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1672-7. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Other Finding Aids
Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 30231-30235.
Each volume bears the armorial bookplate of George Forbes Earl of Granard, dated 1832: a Forbes married a daughter of the third earl of Essex.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were acquired by the Library not later than 1862.
- Papers of Arthur Capel, Earl of Essex
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