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Sundry correspondence: 1802-c.1924 (Sundry Letters)

The sundry correspondence series contain much 'hidden' material, including early letters from some agents and clients whose main correspondence can be found in named. The letters from C. Tolmé (in partnership with Havana agent Scharfenberg) are contained entirely within the Sundry 'T’ series (XI/127), and the correspondence from Russell Sturgis in Manila is in the 'R' series (XI/125).

Correspondence from private clients can also be found here. These letters are usually brief, and contain an instruction or a request relating to the client's account. If the client is a friend or acquaintance of a member of the Rothschild family - for example Nellie Melba, Sir Arthur Sullivan, or Sir Henry Irving - the letter may reveal something of the personality of the client or of their financial situation either personally or in regard to a specific venture.

Small pieces of business, for example support to a particular firm by way of a loan, are sometimes recorded here. The financial details will be in the ledger, but the reasons for the loan and other supporting information may be in the correspondence. During the 1890s, Rothschilds, through its close links to the Exploration Company, became interested in mining ventures, and the Sundry series contain many reports on particular mines and invitations to invest in projects.

Copies of replies from NMR to these letters may be found in a number of letter copy books. General correspondence will be found in the Letter Copy Books at XI/148. Notes to Madame Melba, for example, about her American railroad stocks appear in the American Letter Copy Books. Details of clients' stock accounts are recorded in the books of the Stock Department.

Arrangement

Early Sundry Correspondence, 1802-c.1844

Early correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions will be found in XI/112; the letters in the XI/112 series are arranged chronlogically, then alphabetically. It is believed that at some point, early correspondence was removed from the series XI/113 to XI/126 and XI/129; this early correspondence was amalgamated with the correspondence in XI/112. (The exception to this is XI/127: Sundry Correspondence 'T' and XI/128: Sundry Correspondence 'U' and 'V' which retain the early correspondence). 

Sundry Correspondence, c.1835-c.1924

Correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions will be found in the Sundry Correspondence series XI/113, XI/114, XI/115, X/116, XI/117, XI/118, XI/119, XI/120, XI/121, XI/122, XI/123, XI/124, XI/125, XI/126, XI/127, XI/128 and XI/129. Each of these series denotes a letter of the alphabet; the correspondence is arranged chronologically within these alphabetical groupings. It is believed that at some point, early correspondence was removed from the series XI/113 to XI/126 and XI/129; this early correspondence was amalgamated with the correspondence in XI/112. (The exception to this is XI/127: Sundry Correspondence 'T' and XI/128: Sundry Correspondence 'U' and 'V' which retain the early correspondence). 

Sundry Letters,  c.1920-c.1936

Charles Rothschild, Senior Partner, NMR died in 1923. Around this date, the first Sundry Correspondence series appears to come to a close. Correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions was continued in the Sundry Letters series which used the same references as the previous Sundry Correspondence series XI/113, XI/114, XI/115, X/116, XI/117, XI/118, XI/119, XI/120, XI/121, XI/122, XI/123, XI/124, XI/125, XI/126, XI/127, XI/128 and XI/129. 

General Letter Files, 1936-1971

Correspondence after 1936 appears to have been maintained in series of General Letter files.

'Early' Sundry Correspondence, 'A-Z', 1802-1844

XI/112/1-126, 126 boxes

The letters in the XI/112 series are arranged alphabetically for each year. Regretfully, correspondence for 1824 is missing, lost many years before the Archive was created. It is believed that at some point, early correspondence was removed from each of the series XI/113 to XI/129 and amalgamated with correspondence in XI/112. Early letters covering the period 1802-1807, relating the Manchester business of Nathan Mayer Rothschild are described in the Guide in the Manchester section. 

142 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'A', 1835-1924

XI/113/2-26, 49 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter A. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1834) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter A, see XI/112.

26 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'B', 1835-1920

XI/114/6-53, 106 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter B. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1834) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter B, see XI/112.

57 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'C', 1835-1920

XI/115/5-36, 60 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter C. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1834) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter C, see XI/112.

32 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'D', 1835-1913

XI/116/3-29, 50 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter D. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1834) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter D, see XI/112. No correspondence appears to have survived for the year 1854.

27 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'E' and 'F', 1835-1920

XI/117/5-33, 63 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters E and F. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters E and F, see XI/112.

28 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'G', 1835-1920

XI/118/3-25, 50 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter G. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter G, see XI/112.

23 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'H', 1835-1913

XI/119/6-35, 64 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter H. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter H, see XI/112.

30 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'I', 'J' and 'K', 1837-1913

XI/120/3-29, 52 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters I, J and K. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters I, J and K, see XI/112.

27 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'L', 1835-1924

XI/121/4-29, 55 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter L. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter L, see XI/112.

26 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'M', 1835-1920

XI/122/4-43, 78 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter M. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter M, see XI/112.

40 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'N', 1835-1924

XI/123/2-16, 27 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter N. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter N, see XI/112.

15 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'O', 'P' and 'Q', 1835-1920

XI/124/4-28, 57 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters O, P and Q. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters O, P and Q, see XI/112.

25 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'R', 1835-1920

XI/125/3-23, 44 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter R. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter R, see XI/112.

22 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'S', 1837-1915

XI/126/6-60, 103 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter S. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter S, see XI/112.

55 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'T', 1835-1920

XI/127/0-16, 32 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter T. The papers are arranged chronologically. or early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letter T, see XI/112.

32 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'U' and 'V', 1835-1920

XI/128/0-12, 24 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters U and V. The papers are arranged chronologically. or early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters U and V, see XI/112.

24 records available

Sundry Correspondence, 'W', 'X', 'Y' and 'Z', 1835-1920

XI/129/5-34, 51 boxes

This series consists of correspondence with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters W, X, Y and Z. The papers are arranged chronologically. For early correspondence (1802-1835) with persons, businesses and institutions with names beginning with the letters W, X, Y and Z, see XI/112.

30 records available