Document ReferencePw Jf
TitlePapers of Lord William H. Cavendish Bentinck (1774-1839), soldier, politician and statesman, in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection: Governor-General of Bengal and India
Extent2973 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
DescriptionThe correspondence and papers, including memoranda, letter books, minute books, accounts and maps, cover the period when Lord William Bentinck was Governor-General of Bengal (later of India). The subjects covered in particular concern his policies for financial retrenchment, including the reduction of batta, settlement of land revenue in the north-western provinces, the encouragment of steamship navigation between England and India, the education of Indians in the English language, literature and science and their employment in the public service, the abolition of suttee and the fear of Russia.

Correspondents include Louis Phillipe, Duke of Orleans, as well as the leading British administrators and military figures in India, incuding letter books of Sir John Munro, Governor of Madras.

In 2010 this catalogue was enhanced in part. A small selection of the letters have been described in detail. Other letters within Pw Jf still await upgrading, and are described only by the names of the correspondents and the dates of the letters. The letters with upgraded catalogue entries are numbered Pw Jf 1091, Pw Jf 1096, Pw Jf 1102, Pw Jf 1109, Pw Jf 1117, Pw Jf 1230, Pw Jf 1235, Pw Jf 1240, Pw Jf 1244 and Pw Jf 2344.
MgtGroupFamily and estate collections
TermEducation - India - History
Great Britain - Colonies - Administration
India - Politics and government - 19th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue. Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
Related MaterialA small series of correspondence with Sir John Gore is available at reference MS 877.
Related RecordMS877

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1105Bentinck; William H. Cavendish- (1774-1839); Lord; 2nd son of 3rd Duke of Portland; Governor-General of India 1827-351774-1839
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