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Wellington-Beresford collection
mssHM 21095-21158  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wellington-Beresford collection
    Dates: 1809-1823
    Collection Number: mssHM 21095-21158
    Creator OR Collector: Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852
    Extent: 67 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection consists mostly of dispatches from Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, to William Carr Beresford, Viscount Beresford, a general under Wellesley, giving instructions.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site  .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Wellington-Beresford collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from William K. Bixby, before 1924.

    Biographical Note

    Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, commanded the allied armies of Britain, Spain, and Portugal in the Iberian Peninsula from 1809 through 1813 against the forces of Napoleon. A key general under him was William Carr Beresford, Viscount Beresford (1768-1854), who from 1809 through 1810 concentrated on reorganizing the Portuguese Army.


    The collection is arranged chronologically. It is housed in one box.

    Scope and Content

    The collection covers the training and equipping of Portuguese troops during the Peninsular War; acquisition of supplies; troop movements during the war; and routine administrative matters. It is primarily dispatches from Wellington to Beresford giving instructions; map of a "Plan of Attack Upon the French on the Heights of Rolica," and a lock of hair taken from the mane of the Duke of Wellington's horse. There are 12 items written by Robert Banks Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Beresford, William Carr, Viscount, 1768-1854, recipient
    Liverpool, Robert Banks Jenkinson, Earl of, 1770-1828
    Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852 -- Archives


    Peninsular War, 1807-1814

    Geographic Areas

    Great Britain -- History, Military -- 1789-1820


    Manuscripts -- England -- 19th century