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Papers of George Macartney, 1933

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/73

Scope and Contents

194 prints of letters and other papers, 8½'' x 6½''. The majority of the items are letters sent to Macartney, 1796-1798. There are also some of his own letters and a 'Memorandum on the defence of the Cape', 1798. A few papers related to the Caribbean, 1779.


  • Creation: 1933


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Biographical / Historical

George Macartney (1737-1806), Earl Macartney, was Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, 1796-1798.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : photograph

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 59

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 123.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The prints were taken from originals collected by Dr J.G. Gubbins in 1932 in his attempts to restore the Library of the University of the Witwatersrand, which had been destroyed by fire that year. They were presented to the R.C.S. by the University of the Witwatersrand Library Appeal Committee, 1933.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes an affidavit heard before George Macartney as Governor, RCMS 113/72.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue.


Macartney, George, 1737-1806, Earl Macartney

Finding aid date

2004-01-23 12:50:53+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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