Catalogue description East India Company and Colonial Office and Predecessor: St. Helena Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 247
Title: East India Company and Colonial Office and Predecessor: St. Helena Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to St Helena. Also includes correspondence relating to Ascension.

Date: 1805-1951

Bound volumes arranged chronologically within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations) and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). Each volume with a contents list, or précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter. From 1926 correspondence is arranged in subject files.

Related material:

For further correspondence see WO 1/321-322 and 569-571.

For earlier records relating to Ascension see CO 749

For records after 1951 see CO 1024

Separated material:

Further records are among those of the East India Company held by the British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

East India Company, 1600-1858

Physical description: 261 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

For registers to this correspondence before 1849 see CO 326 under Africa, after 1849 see CO 366. For a register to 1926 correspondence see CO 356/28

Administrative / biographical background:

With the exception of the period of Napoleon's imprisonment (1815-1821), St. Helena was administered by the East India Company from 1659, when the company occupied the island, until 1833 when it was brought under direct British government. Ascension was made a dependency of St Helena in 1922, and Tristan da Cunha in 1938.

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