Guide to the Papers of Alexander Dalrymple


MS 43

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Collection Summary

Alexander Dalrymple
Papers of Alexander Dalrymple
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MS 43
0.02 metres (various)
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National Library of Australia


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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Alexander Dalrymple, National Library of Australia, MS 43, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Biographical Note

Hydrographer and author. Entered the service of the East India Company, and became hydrographer to the Company in 1779. He became Hydrographer of the Royal Navy in 1795. Fellow of the Royal Society.

Item Descriptions

Dalrymple to Lord ?, 17 July 1784 (Item 1)

advantages of basing Governor-General and Superior Council in Bombay rather than Bengal; relations with Indian states. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to Henry Dundas, 23 July 1784 (Item 2)

seeks interview to discuss claims. (2 ff)

Case of Alexander Dalrymple Esq., 14 July 1784 (printed) (Item 2a)

Refers to his service with East India Company since 1752. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to Lord Morton, 4 Aug. 1784 (Item 3)

submits clause for India Bill to protect his rights of employment with East India Company. (2 ff)

Lord Morton to Lord Sydney, n.d. (Item 3a)

petition of Dalrymple.(2 ff)

Dalrymple to Court of Directors of East India Company, 13 July 1785 (Item 4)

criticizes proposal for settlement at Norfolk Island; route to China; consequences of forming colony in New Holland; risk of piracy in Chinese waters; threat of illicit trade and Company's charter. (4 ff)

Memorial of Dalrymple, 1 Sept. 1786 (Item 5)

opposes convict settlement at Botany Bay; encouragement to crime; costs; suggests convicts be sent to Tristan da Cunha. (copy, 2 ff)

Dalrymple to Lord Mulgrave, 30 April 1787 (Item 6)

memorandum on Diego Garcia; summarizes visits by English ships. (4 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 12 March 1791 (Item 7)

sends sheets of first number of Oriental Repertory; examination of Lieut. Meares before Privy Council. (1 f)

Alexander Cefors Le Gou. Plan of city and environs of Seringapatnam, 1775 (Item 8a)

Printed in London, 1791. (1 f)

Map of South and East Asia and New Holland annotated to show routes to China n.d. (1 f) (Item 8b)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 1 Feb. 1792 (Item 9)

quotes from letter of W. Roxbrugh on despatch of bread-fruit trees from Samulcotta. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 4 June 1792 (Item 10)

forwards paper from W. Roxbrugh. (1 f)

W. Roxbrugh (Samulcotta) to H. Dundas, 16 Dec. 1791 (Item 10a)

list of plants despatched to Fort St. George. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 28 Sept. 1792 (Item 11)

sends proof of plan of Poonah and pamphlet; encloses form of general table of Indian coins. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 2 Nov. 1792 (Item 12)

Dalrymple's ailment; seeks appointment to position at Madras; sends extracts from letter of Lieut. J. McCluer on expedition to New Guinea. (2 ff)

Minutes of meeting of inhabitants of Madras and copy of address from Mayor and Aldermen of Madras to Lord Cornwallis congratulating him on success of war against Tippoo Sultan, 21-22 May 1792 (Item 13)

(8 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 3 Feb. 1784 (Item 14)

sends extract from letter of Lieut. J. McCluer from Peloo Islands; distinguished character of Sultan. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 27 July 1795 (Item 15)

Dutch force at Amboina and Boura; suggests China ships at Bombay be sent to capture Amboina. (2 ff)

Extract from letter of Lieut. J. McCluer describing voyage of Panther to Boura and Amboina, Sept. 1791 (Item 15a)

(5 ff)

Note by Dalrymple, 8 Dec. 1796 (Item 16)

paper by Andrew Ross; problems caused by recruiting Indian natives for Army.(2 ff)

Andrew Ross (Madras) to Dalrymple, 3-10 Oct. 1795 (Item 16a)

problems of removing natives from Indian villages to serve in Army; advantages of recruiting soldiers in Celebes, Macassar and other eastern islands; sends copies of letters to Col. Brathwaite. (14 ff)

Dalrymple to Lord Spencer, 21 Feb. 1797 (Item 17)

printing of drawings received from Capt. J. Blankett; seeks permission to include them in India collection. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 7 Nov. 1797 (Item 18)

sends map of districts on Malabar coast. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to Duke of Portland, 28 June 1802 (Item 19)

lease of premises in Marylebone; Dalrymple's library.

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 26 July 1802 (Item 20)

relations with Cochin China; advantages of sending surgeons to work with natives of distant countries; letter to Duke of Portland.

Dalrymple to H. Dundas, 4 Sept. 1802 (Item 21)

sends paper received from India; response of Duke of Porltand. (2 ff)

Desultory but well-meaning thoughts on the English government in India, n.d. (Item 21a)

(8 ff)

Dalrymple to George Chalmers, 28 Jan. 1803 (Item 22)

location on Spanish charts of capes and rocks of Turks Island. (2 ff)

Dalrymple to Lord Grenville, 6 Oct. 1806 (Item 23)

need for survey of River La Plata; recommends Capt. P. Heywood and Capt. Edmonds for work. (2 ff)

Sir Joseph Banks to Dalrymple, 20 Nov. 1800 (Item 24)

notice of election of Council and officers of Royal Society. (1 f)

Dalrymple to [Lord Melville], 4 April 1805 (Item 25)

remarks on paper of Sir Joseph Banks and trial of chronometer. (5 ff)