The Early Modern Commons

On the archival trail of William Macintosh

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Reflections on a week at the coalface

16 June 2017

Palais des Papes at sunset. After a busy week of archival and library research I have made good headway in understanding and reconstructing Macintosh’s lost library. Of its c....

The ugly truth

15 June 2017

Extract from a letter dated 15 February 1772 in which Macintosh commissions branding irons with which to mark his slaves. Bibliothèque Ceccano MS.1297. I have written before...

Joining the dots

14 June 2017

Order of requisition for Macintosh’s effects, dated the 23rd of Nivose in the 3rd year of the French Republican calendar (12 January 1795). Archives départementales de...

(Back) in at the deep end

12 June 2017

Macintosh’s copy of “Dizionario delle lingue Italiana” (1787), showing that he purchased it in Rome in December 1790. It is thrilling, if not a little overwhelming,...