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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1501

Gilbert Elliot Minto tea party papers


Papers concerning the Boston Tea Party compiled by Scottish statesman, philosopher, and poet Gilbert Elliot Minto.


  • 1773-1774

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Copies of letters, petitions, minutes from town meetings, and other manuscripts pertaining to the Boston Tea Party and the events that led up to it. Includes letters from Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson and from British military officers to the Earl of Dartmouth, reporting on the situation; letters from the citizens of Boston ordering Hutchinson to resign; minutes of the Massachusetts Colony Council and the Plymouth town meeting; notes, possibly by Minto; and manuscript extracts from Massachusetts newspapers.

Biographical / Historical

Minto was a Scottish statesman, philosopher and poet. He served in the House of Commons and was a supporter of the policies of King George III in the American colonies.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

43M-709F. Purchased from William H. Robinson; received: 1944.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.
Minto, Gilbert Elliot, 3rd bart., 1722-1777. Gilbert Elliot Minto tea party papers, 1773-1774: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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