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British History in the Rubenstein Library: Diplomacy

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Diplomatic dispatches (Spain), 1717-1738
Diplomatic dispatches between the secretariat of the Southern Dept. and British envoys in Spain, chiefly 1717 and 1731. The main topics are tariffs on imports into Spain; the role of George Bubb (later George Bubb Dodington, Baron Melcombe) as envoy extraordinary to Spain; Spanish and Austrian rivalry in Italy; Spanish and Portuguese arguing over implementation of the Treaty of Utrecht; the activities of William Stanhope, Earl of Harrington; Johan Willem Ripperda; the instructions of Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme, to Sir Benjamin Keene; the treaties of Seville and Vienna; economic rivalry between Spain and England and its application to the West Indies trade; Spanish depredations against English shipping, especially prior to the outbreak of the War of Jenkins' Ear, and English reprisals; and European diplomatic developments.

Papers, 1743-1885; Sir George Leonard Staunton

British diplomat.
Letters and papers of Sir George Leonard Staunton and of his son, George Thomas Staunton, author and expert on China. Papers of the elder Staunton consist mainly of family letters, with a few items relating to his diplomatic career. Papers of George Thomas Staunton include letters and diary accounts relating mainly to his journey with his father and Earl Macartney on the first British mission to China in 1792-1794, his second voyage to China as head of a mission in 1816, his residence in China, 1816-1817, as a member of the East India Company's factory at Canton and Macao, and his career in the in the House of Commons in the 1830s with considerable information on the elections of 1832 and 1835. Travel journals of the younger Staunton record trips in England, Scotland, and the continent in the 1790s and 1826-1827, and 1830.
British Army officer and diplomat; of Carrick Buoy, Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.
Papers and letters of Campbell and his father, Sir Robert Campbell, a director of the East India Company, concerning Sir John's diplomatic career in Persia (1824-1834) and that of his successors until 1839. Topics include the foreign relations of Britain, Persia, and Russia, and the British Army in Persia.

Company of Merchants of England Trading to the Levant.
Correspondence, documents, lists, and other papers (chiefly 1800-1870) relating to British trade with the Levant, both before and after the dissolution of the Levant Co. (1825). Subjects include company policies, practices, and personnel, debt collection, damaged goods, Turkish-British relations.