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Title: Sir Peter Thompson's Letter Book
Dates: 1760-1763
Location: MF-0265 MHA
Extent: 138 pages
Restrictions: No restrictions
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: Sir Peter Thompson (30 October 1698 - 31 October 1770) was an English merchant, collector and MP. He was the younger son of Captain Thomas Thompson of Poole, Dorset.

He became an eminent merchant in Bermondsey, London, trading in Hamburg and Newfoundland. He was made High Sherriff of Surrey for 1745-46 and knighted the same year. He sat in Parliament as MP for St. Albans from 1747 to 1754.

He built a large town house in Poole, now a grade I listed building, and became a collector and antiquary, being created a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and, in 1746, a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Thompson was a friend of Joseph Ames (Author), and died unmarried and was succeeded by his brother, James.*

*(Extracted from Wikipedia)
Scope and Content: Photocopy of a letter book kept by Sir Peter Thompson, 1760-1763, containing information on ships coming in and out of the harbor and the captains who sailed them, the weather, lists of burgesses, an insight into local politics such as the contentious election of 1760, a perspective on the war with the French in Canada and other curious miscellaneous details. There are several references to Newfoundland and his dealings with local merchants.
Terms Governing Use: Copyright expired.
Related Material: A transcript is available online from the Poole Museum, and can be searched by keyword.
Local Note: Transferred from the Dr. Gordon Handcock fonds
Subject: Thompson, Sir Peter, 1698-1770
Subject: Merchants--Newfoundland and Labrador
Subject: Merchant--London (England)
Subject: Letter books

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