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Thomas Brand: Letters to his Sister from the Continent

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8670

Scope and Contents

A series of letters written by Brand while travelling on the Continent, some of which are incomplete. 38 of the letters are to Brand's sister Susan, addressed until October 1788 as Miss Brand of Newmarket, thereafter, from Nov. 1789, as Miss Carr of Hadstock, near Lincoln. There is one letter from Brand to the Rev. Joseph Hall, Rector of Bartlow, who was Brand's brother-in-law, and another from G. Pretyman to Miss Brand, apparently about the possibilities of preferment for Thomas. Most of the letters are travelogues, describing the scenery, art galleries, concerts, and operas of the various cities visited.


  • Creation: 1779-1795


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1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1987.

Related Materials

The National Library of Scotland holds a further 90 letters from Brand to his sister in (Acc.10061). The University of Durham has correspondence between Brand and Robert Wharton (d. 1808), which includes 227 letters from Brand, dating from the 1770s to 1795.

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