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mssHM 45718-45911  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: John Collet Correspondence
    Dates (inclusive): 1776-1779
    Collection Number: mssHM 45718-45911
    Creator: Collet, John, active 1776-1779
    Extent: 209 items in 3 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: This collection contains letters exchanged from John Collet (British consul in Genoa) and Joseph Brame, his vice-consul, to William Dean Poyntz, the British charge d'affaires in Turin, Italy from 1776 to 1779.
    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]. John Collet Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Maggs Bros., Nov. 3 1976.

    Biographical Note

    John Collet was a British consul in Genoa. He succeeded James Hollford in December 1776.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains 209 pieces housed in 3 boxes. It covers letters from John Collet and Joseph Brame, his vice-consul, to William Dean Poyntsz, British charge d’affaires in Turin, Italy. It touches upon European commercial and military news, including the actions of American privateers in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and news of the American Revolution.


    Cataloger's note:
    John Collet, active 1776-1779, a British consul in Italy is identified as “Collet, John (b)” on the folders in this collection and within the Huntington manuscripts catalog to distinguish him from “Collet, John (a)”, active 1765, a British scholar of ancient Hebrew.
    This collection was originally in the form of a bound volume. On the spine of the binding was stamped "Genoa correspondence 1776 to 1771", suggesting that the volume was one in a series.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Great Britain. Consulate (Genoa, Italy) -- Correspondence.
    Great Britain. Consulate (Turin, Italy) -- Correspondence.
    Consuls -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
    Diplomats -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
    Privateering -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
    Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 18th century.
    Great Brtiain -- Foreign relations -- Italy.
    Italy -- Foreign relations -- 18th century.
    Italy -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
    United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Sources.


    Letters (correspondence).

    Authorized names

    Poyntz, William Dean, active 1776-1779.
    Brame, Joseph, active 1776-1779.