The Resource James Abercromby letter book extracts, (microform)

James Abercromby letter book extracts, (microform)

James Abercromby letter book extracts, 1746-1760
James Abercromby letter book extracts
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Extracts, 1746 and 1751-1760, from a letter book kept by James Abercromby of London, England, while serving as agent for the colonies of Virginia and North Carolina. Abercromby represented the political and business interests of the colonies in the British government and with British merchants and these letters comment on those interests. Frequent addressees include John Blair, Robert Dinwiddie, and Francis Fauquier. Also included are documents concerning two courts-martial held in 1746 on board the transport ship Winchester, at which Abercromby served as judge advocate for General James St. Clair of the British army. This collection is located on frames 170-188 of the reel. The original letter book is filed as LVA accession 13870
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Biographical or historical data
James Abercromby was born in 1707 in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, to Alexander Abercromby (ca. 1671-1755) and Mary Duff Abercromby. He attended the Westminster School, the University of Leyden from 1724 to 1725. He studied law at Lincoln's Inn and was admitted to the bar in 1728. In November 1730, Abercromby was appointed Attorney-General and Advocate-General of the Court of Vice Admiralty for South Carolina. He arrived in South Carolina in 1731. Abercromby sat in the colony's Commons House from 1739 to 1742 and in 1744. He returned to England in 1744. Abercromby was appointed Judge-Advocate for "all forces employed in an expedition to North America," which did not get to North America, but attacked the Brittany coast of France. North Carolina appointed Abercromby its Colonial Agent in 1748 and he served until 1758. Virginia appointed him its Colonial Agent in 1754 and he served until 1774. Abercromby also served as the unofficial agent for the Bahamas for a few years in the late 1750s. Abercromby served as deputy Auditor-General of Plantations from 1757 to 1765, and was a member of the British Parliament from 1761 to 1768. Unmarried, he died by November 1775.
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Funding information
Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
Location of originals duplicates
The Huntington Library;
James Abercromby letter book extracts, (microform)
  • This collection forms part of the Robert Alonzo Brock Collection at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
  • The Robert Alonzo Brock Collection was filmed by The Huntington Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia with funding provided by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation
  • Microfilmed as arranged by The Huntington Library
  • BR 673
Base of film
safety base polyester
  • The Library of Virginia
black and white
Emulsion on film
silver halide
service copy
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
The Library of Virginia Foundation, The Roller-Bottimore Foundation, and The Robins Foundation
Positive negative aspect
low reduction ratio
Reproduction note
Specific material designation
microfilm reel
Terms governing use
Should you wish to quote from or reproduce images of any of the materials, you must write to the Librarian of the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, requesting formal permission to do so. Please note that you do not have to obtain permission if you are quoting fewer than fifty words, or if you are only citing the document. Images made with microfilm-reader printers are for research use only and may not be used for publication without permission.
Type of unit
reel (19 frames)

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