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- Rycaut, Paul, Sir, 1628-1700
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Sir Paul Rycaut Letters to William Blathwayt
- Manuscripts Division
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- 2 boxes and 0.25 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2
Consists chiefly of letters by English diplomat Sir Paul Rycaut to William Blathwayt (1649?-1717), who served James II and William III of England as secretary-at-war and was also William III's commissioner of trade, 1696-1706.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists chiefly of letters by Rycaut to William Blathwayt (1649?-1717), who served James II and William III of England as secretary-at-war and was also William III's commissioner of trade, 1696-1706. The letters contain detailed political, military, diplomatic, and economic information concerning northern Germany, the Baltic Sea, and Denmark, including warnings about privateers fitted out in Hanseatic ports. In addition to Rycaut's letters to Blathwayt, there are four drafts of letters by Blathwayt, letters to Sir Charles Hedges (d. 1714) and others, and letters from officials of the French Huguenot church in Hamburg, the Senate of Hamburg, and a "Mr. Orth" concerning the affairs of the Scotch East India Company and trade in the West Indies and South America.
Letters are arranged chronologically.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Diplomat and historian, Sir Paul Rycaut was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Sir Paul Rycaut Letters to William Blathwayt; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Diplomatic and consular service, British -- Germany -- Hamburg -- 17th century.
Huguenots -- Germany -- Hamburg -- 17th century.
Privateering -- Baltic Sea -- 17th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Diplomats -- Germany -- Hamburg -- 17th century.
Letters -- 17th century.
- Hanseatic League
Blathwayt, William, 1649?-1717
Hedges, Charles, -1714
- Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- 17th century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Germany -- 17th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Commerce -- South America -- 17th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Commerce -- West Indies -- 17th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Economic conditions -- 17th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- History, Military -- 17th century.
Hamburg (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 17th century.