Maurepas collection, 1694-1749 (bulk 1740-1749).


Maurepas collection, 1694-1749 (bulk 1740-1749).

Manuscripts, documents, and correspondence from Maurepas's administrative files, documenting his activities as overseer of the country's maritime affairs and of the royal household. Includes letters and documents concerning the War of the Austrian Succession, France's support for the Jacobite cause of Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, in England, and other aspects of French foreign policy; the finances of the French navy; diplomatic relations and commerce with other countries such as Spain, Russia, and Portugal; shipbuilding, navigation, scientific expeditions, and taxation. Papers concerning Maurepas's management of the royal household document his patronage of the arts, including the Comédie Française and dancers of the Royal Academy. Also included are personal letters to Maurepas from his politically powerful aunt concerning life at the court of Versailles; and a report on naval affairs written by Joseph Pellerin for Voltaire, which Voltaire used later in his Précis du siècle de Louis XV. Correspondents include Maurepas; his father, Jérome Phélypeaux, comte de Pontchartrain, and grandfather, Louis de Pontchartrain, who preceded him as Secretary of the Navy; his aunt, Armande de la Porte Mazarin, marquise de Mailly-Nesle; Charles Edward, the Young Pretender; King George II of England; Louis François Armand, duc de Richelieu; Joseph Pellerin; and Voltaire.

4.8 linear ft. (694 items)

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The Young Pretender. From the description of Document signed : Aberdeen, 1745 Nov. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270889711 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Pisa, to M. Cantini, 1771 July 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270887218 From the description of Document : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270889710 From the description of Autograph postscript to a letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified correspondent, [n.d.]. (...

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Voltaire, 1694-1778 (person)

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Pellerin, Joseph. (person)

Louis XV, King of France, 1710-1774 (person)

A lawyer in New Orleans, Louisiana, Edward Alexander Parsons (1878-1962) married and had at least one daughter. A bibliophile, he briefly worked for the New Orleans Public Library in the 1930s and over a period of sixty years built a private collection, known as the Bibliotheca Parsoniana, with over 8,000 manuscripts and 40,000 publications on the American South, which was acquired by the University of Texas at Austin in 1958. An avid researcher and amateur historian, Parsons publis...

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