Series MS 17/9/3 - Copy correspondence of letters from James Dalyell to his father, Sir James Dalyell.

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MS 17/9/3


Copy correspondence of letters from James Dalyell to his father, Sir James Dalyell.


  • 1833-1837 (Creation)

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1833-1837 Written from Tarbes, Hautes Pyrenees. Continued attempts to find employment remain unsuccessful. There are further descriptions of France, which are often more derogatory when made to Sir James than when made to other correspondents. In December 1834 he mentions a book called Darker Superstitions of Scotland by John Graham Dalyell (later 6th Bart), which he hopes to read soon. In 1834 Dalyell says he will "set off in search of a wife". The letters also contain details of contemporary navy pay and procedures. The letter dated 5 November 1836 contains a summary of Dalyell's navy career hitherto, and includes his attitude to the use of the lash on board naval vessels. In the course of this letter Dalyell refers to Captain Hunn of the 'Tweed' as "one of the greatest Tartars in the Service", and recalls an occasion when he wished to flog a whole watch of about 100 men. The letter also contains a vivid description of his adventure in capturing the Spanish pirates in Cuba. There are copies of letters exchanged between James and J. & T. Stilwell & Sons, Navy Agents London, regarding financial affairs. (1836). [48 pages]


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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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