[John Burnaby (1701-1774)]: autograph letter book, comprising the diplomatic correspondence of John Burnaby, British Minister Plenipotentiary, who was based in Berne, Switzerland. Includes at least 160 copy-letters, dated December 1743 – June 1747, with additional loose leaf copy letters, which range from approximately 1744-1749. Sent to various recipients, notably Thomas Pelham-Holles, First Duke of Newcastle (1693-1768), and the Swiss Cantons. The letters allude to events of the War of the Austrian Succession (1741-1748), and contain information on the resolutions of the council of Berne, European military intelligence, and Burnaby’s ongoing diplomatic efforts to promote British interests.
220x330 mm. Folio approx.  pages, plus  further loose pages. Acquired from Samuel Gedge, 2015. Provenance: Baggrave Hall, which became the seat of the Burnaby family in 1770; includes Baggrave Library bookplate.
Single hand throughout. Paper. Original vellum binding.