Eighteenth-Century History
Below are listed a collection of documents I have used in teaching my courses on the long eighteenth century (roughly 1618 through the French Revolution). All are available as PDF files by clicking on the author or title. The columns are sortable by clicking on the column headings. (The sorting is done by your computer, so it may take a few moments if you have many programs running.) If you have any comments or suggestions, I am available at david.stewart@hillsdale.edu.

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Please note that military history documents are found on their own page, as are documents relating to the English Civil Wars and Restoration.

Author Title Locale Date
  Denunciation of William, Lord Howard  England 1 Jan 1616 
James I, King of England Book of Sport  England 24 May 1618 
Howell, James Barcelona  Spain — Barcelona 24 Nov 1620 
Howell, James Barrilla in Alicante  Spain — Alicante 27 Mar 1621 
Merchant Adventurers of Newcastle Records  England — (Newcastle) Newcastle 1 Jan 1622 
Spanish Government Conditions for the Spanish Match  Spain — Madrid 1 Jan 1623 
Abbot, George (Archbishop of Canterbury) Against the Spanish Match  England — (Kent) Canterbury 1 Mar 1623 
Gregory XVPope Gregory XV On the Spanish Match  Italy — Rome 20 Apr 1623 
Howell, James The King of Spain  Spain — Madrid 1 Feb 1624 
Commons (England), House ofHouse of Commons (England) Impeachment Against Lord Buckingham  England 10 May 1626 
Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden Charter of Privileges  Sweden 14 Jun 1626 
Parliament of England Petition of Right  England 7 Jun 1628 
Noy, William Profanation of Saint Paul's Cathedral  England — London 1 Jan 1631 
Legard, Robert Duel at Louth  England — (Lincolnshire) Louth 1 Jan 1632 
  Notice in Saint Paul's Cathedral  England — London 1 Jan 1632 
  Inquisition Trial of Pere Ginesta  Spain — Barcelona 25 Aug 1635 
Strafford, Earl ofThomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford Letter to His Son  England — London 11 May 1641 
  Coronation of Charles II  Scotland — (Perth) Scone 1 Jan 1651 
Mouffet, Thomas The Use of Bees  England 1 Jan 1658 
Mouffet, Thomas Use of FliesThe Use of Flies  England 1 Jan 1658 
Herbert, Sir Henry Theatre Licensing  England — London 9 Oct 1660 
Parliament of England Corporation Act  England 1 May 1661 
Connecticut Colony Petition  America (British) — Connecticut 7 Jun 1661 
Parliament of England Act of Uniformity  England 19 May 1662 
Hall, George (Bishop of Chester) Deposition of a Minister  England — (Lancaster) Garstang 29 Aug 1662 
Estrades, Comte d'Godefroi, Comte d'Estrades Negotiations Concerning Dunkirk  France — Dunkirk 18 Jan 1658 
Parliament of England Conventicle Act  England 17 May 1664 
Griffin, Anthony Astrological Judgment Touching Theft  England 1 Jan 1665 
Savile, Henry Restoration London  England — London 4 May 1665 
Commons (England), House ofHouse of Commons (England) Five Mile Act  England 30 Oct 1665 
Pepys, Samuel The Great Fire of London  England — London 2 Sep 1666 
Glanvill, Joseph Geography  England 1 Jan 1668 
Sancroft, William Saint Paul's Cathedral  England — London 25 Apr 1668 
Parliament of England Second Conventicle Act  England 11 Apr 1670 
Perwich, William Death of Princess Henrietta Anne  France 1 Jul 1670 
Marquise de Sévigné Vatel AffairThe Vatel Affair  France — Chantilly 24 Apr 1671 
Isham, Thomas Journal  England — (Northamptonshire) 1 Nov 1671 
  English Coffee Houses  England 1 Jan 1673 
Hale, Sir Matthew Civil Deportment  England 2 Jan 1673 
Parliament of England Test Act  England 29 Mar 1673 
Temple, WilliamWilliam, Baronet Temple Letter to Cosimo III  Ireland — Dublin 20 May 1673 
de la Place, Daniel Popish PlotThe Popish Plot  England 26 Oct 1678 
de la Place, Daniel Popish PlotThe Popish Plot  England 29 Oct 1678 
de la Place, Daniel Popish PlotThe Popish Plot  England 31 Oct 1678 
de la Place, Daniel Popish PlotThe Popish Plot  England 5 Nov 1678 
de la Place, Daniel Popish PlotThe Popish Plot  England 14 Nov 1678 
Commons (England), House ofHouse of Commons (England) Debate About the Duke of York  England 27 Apr 1679 
Cameron, Richard Sanquhar Declaration  Scotland — (Dumfries) Sanquhar 22 Jun 1680 
  Sugar Works at Glasgow  Scotland — (Lanarkshire) Glasgow 17 Sep 1681 
Mehmed IV Declaration of War  Ottoman Empire 20 Feb 1683 
Renwick, James Sanquhar Declaration, SecondSecond Sanquhar Declaration  Scotland — (Dumfries) Sanquhar 28 May 1685 
Pett, Phineas Monmouth RebellionMonmouth's Rebellion  England 1 Jul 1685 
Monmouth, Duke ofJames Scott, Duke of Monmouth Appeal to James II  England 8 Jul 1685 
Barillon d'Amoncourt, Paul Monmouth RebellionMonmouth's Rebellion  England 16 Jul 1685 
James II, King of England Declaration of Indulgence  England 4 Apr 1687 
Anonymous Reception of the Papal Nuncio  England 3 Jul 1687 
  Coronation of Joseph I  Austria — Vienna 1 Dec 1687 
Strathmore, Earl ofPatrick Lyon, Earl of Strathmore Contract  Scotland — (Angus) Glamis 18 Jan 1688 
William III, King of England Declaration of War on France  England 1 Jan 1689 
Story, G. War in Ireland  Ireland 1 Jan 1689 
Barbon, Nicholas Discourse of TradeA Discourse of Trade  England 1 Jan 1690 
Kirk, Robert The Secret Commonwealth  Scotland 1 Jan 1691 
von Winkler Letter to Eberhard von Danckelmann  Sweden — Stockholm 15 Jun 1692 
Rose, Hugh Darien Journal  America (British) — Darien 1 Jan 1698 
  Coronation of Frederick I, King in Prussia  Germany (Prussia) — Berlin 18 Jan 1701 
Colonie, Jean de lade la Colonie, Jean Duel with Boismorel  France 1 Jan 1704 
Stepney, George Illness of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 25 Apr 1705 
Stepney, George Illness of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 2 May 1705 
Stepney, George Death of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 5 May 1705 
Stepney, George Funeral of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 6 May 1705 
Stepney, George Funeral of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 9 May 1705 
Stepney, George Funeral of Leopold I  Austria — Vienna 13 May 1705 
Peterborough, Earl of, CharlesCharles, Earl of Peterborough Difficulties in Spain  Spain — Barcelona 29 May 1706 
Swift, Jonathan Against Abolishing Christianity  England 1 Jan 1708 
Philip V, King of Spain Renuciation of the French Throne  France 1 Jan 1712 
  The Nobility of England  England 1 Jan 1714 
Marlborough, Duchess of, SarahSarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough English Politics and the Peace  England 21 May 1714 
Stuart, James Declaration of the Pretender  England 25 Oct 1715 
Montagu, Mary Wortley Dining with the Sultana  Ottoman Empire 1 Jan 1718 
South Sea Company Proposal  England 1 Feb 1719 
South Sea Company South Sea Bubble  England 1 Jan 1721 
Warwick, Earl ofEdward Rich, Earl of Warwick Funeral Expenses  England — London 30 Aug 1721 
Layer, Christopher Scaffold Speech of a Jacobite  England — London 23 May 1723 
Keysler, John George The Pretender in Rome  Italy — Rome 1 Jan 1730 
Moore, Francis Indenture to Serve the Royal African Company  England 23 Jul 1730 
Royal African Company Instructions to the Factors at Joar  Africa (British) — Gambia 22 Jan 1732 
Cornbury, ViscountHenry Hyde, Viscount Cornbury Unrest in England  England 17 May 1733 
Marlborough, Duchess of, Churchill, SarahSarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough Birth of Princess Augusta  England 17 Aug 1737 
Montiano, Manuel de The Defense of Florida  America (Spanish) — Florida 11 Nov 1737 
Commons (England), House ofHouse of Commons (England) Votes in Commons  England 1 Jan 1739 
Clarke, George Letter to Andrew Ducarel  England — (Lancashire) Stockport 20 Feb 1741 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield Manners  England 25 Jul 1741 
Catelet, Louis Charles Grant, Seignuer duLouis-Charles Grant, Seigneur du Catelet Life in Mauritius  France (Mauritius) 1 Jan 1742 
Walpole, Horace Letter to Sir Horace Mann  England 17 Jan 1742 
Stuart, James Declaration  England 23 Dec 1743 
Walpole, Horace Letter to Sir Horace Mann  England 1 Feb 1745 
Walpole, Horace Letter to Sir Horace Mann  England 28 Feb 1745 
Walpole, Horace Letter to Sir Horace Mann  England 29 Mar 1745 
Stuart, Charles Letter to the Old Pretender  Scotland 10 Sep 1745 
Feltcher, Andrew Fostering Allegiance Among the Clans  Scotland 16 Sep 1745 
Wesley, John Advice to a People Called Methodist  England 10 Oct 1745 
  Jacobite Proclamation  Scotland 13 Nov 1745 
Saxe, Comte deMaurice, Comte de Saxe Last Will and Testament  France 5 Mar 1746 
Walpole, Horace Trial of the Rebel Lords  England 1 Aug 1746 
Williamson, General Adam Execution of the Rebel Lords  England 18 Aug 1746 
Graham, R. Execution of the Rebel Lords  England 20 Aug 1746 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield The Well-Bred Traveler  England 29 Sep 1746 
Campbell, Robert The London Tradesman  England 1 Jan 1747 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield True Pleasure  England 27 Mar 1747 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield Showy Binding  England 3 Apr 1747 
Stuart, James (The Old Pretender) Henry Stuart Becomes a Cardinal  England 13 Jun 1747 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield Tolerance and Truth  England 21 Sep 1747 
Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield Rules for Conduct in Good Company  England 29 Oct 1748 
Cadogan, William Nursing and the Management of Children  England 1 Jan 1749 
Yorke, Joseph Travels of the Young Pretender  England 1 Jan 1749 
MacDonnell, Alexander The Elibank Plot  England 4 Nov 1752 
Catelet, Louis Charles Grant, Seignuer duLouis-Charles Grant, Seigneur du Catelet Life in Mauritius  France (Mauritius) 15 Aug 1753 
Pitt, William Letter to Thomas Pitt  England 12 Jan 1754 
Pitt, William Advice on University Life  England 14 Jan 1754 
Bray, William Diary  England — (Surrey) Guilford 1 Jan 1756 
  Trial of Admiral Byng  England 1 Jan 1756 
Warwick (England), Borough of Letter on Corn Prices  England — (Warwickshire) Warwick 1 Jan 1758 
Brown, Robert Of Sheep  England 1 Jan 1759 
Montagu, Elizabeth Letters to Baron Lyttelton  England 29 Sep 1759 
Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio Cornwall  England — (Cornwall) 22 Aug 1760 
Kames, Henry Home, LordHenry Home, Lord Kames Architecture and Gardens  England 1 Jan 1762 
Montagu, Elizabeth Letter to Benjamin Stillingfleet  Germany (Augsburg) — Spa 9 Aug 1763 
Montagu, Elizabeth Royal Wedding  Germany (Hanover) — Brunswick 28 Jan 1764 
MacDonald, Sir James Paris  France — Paris 11 Apr 1764 
Thicknesse, Philip Lisle  France — Lisle 8 Jun 1766 
Thicknesse, Philip Arriving in Paris  France — Paris 20 Jun 1766 
Thicknesse, Philip Paris  France — Paris 30 Jun 1766 
Thicknesse, Philip Versailles  France — Versailles 25 Aug 1766 
Thicknesse, Philip Versailles  France — Versailles 30 Aug 1766 
Thicknesse, Philip Justice in France  France 10 Sep 1766 
Chesterfield, Earl ofPhilip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield Endeavour to Attain Perfection  England 17 Nov 1767 
Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio Navarre  Spain — Navarre 1 Dec 1768 
Middlesex Freeholders Petition to the King  England — (Middesex) 1 Jan 1769 
Hutchinson, Thomas Disorders in Massachusetts  America (British) — Massachusetts 30 Mar 1771 
Parliament of Great Britain Hair-Powder Tax  England 30 Apr 1775 
  Articles of Capitulation at Yorktown  United States — Yorktown 19 Oct 1781 
Cornwallis, General Charles Surrender at Yorktown  United States — Yorktown 20 Oct 1781 
Cornwallis, General Charles The British Indian Army  India 10 Nov 1786 
Ompteda, Christian On Women Writers  Germnay (Bremen) 17 Feb 1788 
Wilson, William Richard Letter to His Son on Entering Oxford  England — (Warwickshire) Knowle 1 Jan 1793 
French National Convention Vote on the Death of Louis XVI  France 20 Jan 1793 
Hebert, Jacques Rene Death of Marat  France 15 Jul 1793 
Kentish RegisterThe Kentish Register Genius  England 30 Oct 1793 
Marshall, William Turnips  England 1 Jan 1796 
Almodovar, Marques dMarqués d’Almodovar Spanish Manifesto Against England  Spain 16 Jun 1799 
Stuart, Henry Benedict Pension for the Pretender  England 26 Feb 1800 
de Lassus, Carlos de Hault Execution of Tewanaye  America (Spanish) — Louisiana 6 Jan 1803 
Ompteda, Christian Convention of the Elbe  Germany 17 Jul 1803 
Commons (England), House ofHouse of Commons (England) Proceedings  England 1 Jun 1805 
Cassidy, James P. Theory and Practice of Dancing  England 1 Jan 1810 
Salas, Ramón Attempt to Recruit a Guerilla  Spain — Guadalajara 21 Jan 1810 
Salas, Ramón Attempt to Recruit a Guerilla  Spain — Guadalajara 5 Feb 1810 
Diez, Juan Martín Response to Salas  Spain — Siguenza 14 Feb 1810 
Hugo, Major-General Joseph Entreaty to a Guerilla  Spain 7 Dec 1810 
Diez, Juan Martín Reponse to Hugo  Spain 8 Dec 1810 
Shere, Moyle The Spanish People  Spain 1 Jan 1811 
Karl Johan The Current State of Sweden  Sweden 7 Jan 1812 
Cortes (Parliament of Spain) Constitution of Spain  Spain 19 Mar 1812 
Jefferson, Thomas Letter on the War of 1812  United States — (Virginia) Monticello 4 Aug 1812