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mssHM 52322-52420  
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Francis North Papers,
    Dates (inclusive): 1595-1793>
    Bulk dates: 1630-1680
    Collection Number: mssHM 52322-52420
    Creator: Guilford, Francis North, Baron, 1637-1685.
    Extent: 99 items in 2 boxes.
    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 Francis North papers contains letters and documents reflecting the family and household matters of Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford (1637-1685) and his father Dudley North, 4th Baron North (1602-1677). Also contains materials pertaining to the estate affairs of Sir Thomas Pope, 3rd Earl of Down from 1631 to 1633. The material in this collection dates from 1595 to 1763, with the bulk from 1630 to 1680.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    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]. Francis North Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased at Sotheby’s sale 14 March 1967, lots 206 and 208-210.

    Custodial History

    Formerly the property of the Hon. Dudley North; through the agency of Hofmann & Freeman Ltd.

    Biographical Note

    Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford, British lawyer and statesman. Solicitor-General (1671), Attorney General (1673), Chief Justice (1675), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal (1682); knighted in 1671 and created Baron Guilford (1683). In 1668 North had helped with the settlement of the estate of Sir Thomas Pope, 3rd Earl Downe

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains 99 pieces housed in 2 boxes. The collection is arranged chronologically. It covers letters and documents reflecting family and household matters o Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford (mainly personal concerns dealing with the upbringing of his children) and his father Dudley North, 4th Baron North. Correspondents include Lady Anne Montagu North and Beata Pope, Countess of Down. Materials also pertain to the estate affairs of Sir Thomas Pope, 3rd Earl Downe, at Wroxton, Oxfordshire, from 1631 to 1633 as seen in letters from his bailiff Anthony Litchfield.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Guilford, Francis North, Baron, 1637-1685.
    North, Dudley North, Baron, 1602-1677.
    North family.
    Child rearing -- Great Britain - 17th century.
    Administration of estates -- England -- Oxfordshire -- 17th century.
    Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714 -- Sources.
    Wroxton (Oxfordshire, England)


    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain.
    Family papers -- Great Britain.

    Authorized names

    Litchfield, Anthony, active 1631-1633.
    Downe, Beata Poole Pope Downe, Countess, -1678.
    Montagu, Anne, 1613-1681