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Legge, William, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth, 1731-1801



  • Existence: 1731 - 1801

William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth was Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1772 to 1775. Lord Dartmouth was a large donor to and the leading trustee for the English trust that would finance the establishment of the Moor's Charity School, in Lebanon, Connecticut by Eleazar Wheelock to educate and convert the Indians. Wheelock subsequently founded Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, naming the school in Lord Dartmouth's honour, in hopes of getting his financial support. Lord Dartmouth refused. He died on July 15, 1801.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

2d earl of Dartmouth William Legge letter

Mss 787372
Identifier: Mss 787372
Overview In English.

2nd earl of Dartmouth William Legge letter

Mss 798302.1
Identifier: Mss 798302.1
Scope and Contents Document from the 2nd earl of Dartmouth William Legge giving power of attorney to his wife.

Benjamin Franklin letter

Mss 772658.1
Identifier: Mss 772658.1
Scope and Contents Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Lord Dartmouth to give Lord Dartmouth more information about the sentiments of the American people he is forwarding a letter from Mr. Cushing. Hopes to receive an answer. Includes portrait of B. Franklin.

[Lord Dartmouth, St. James' Square to unknown,] June 15

Mss 000365.1
Identifier: Mss 000365.1
Overview William Legge (2nd Earl of Dartmouth) writes a note that he encloses a ticket to the British Galleries. Recipient unknown.

William Legge, 2d earl of Dartmouth letter

Mss 780172
Identifier: Mss 780172
Scope and Contents Letter from William Legge 2d earl of Dartmouth, to [Sir William Hamilton] Writer fears the music has been seized by the Spaniards and that the death of Douglas' son was a great blow. Hopes Lady Hamilton is well.

William Legge 2nd Earl of Dartmouth letter

Mss 796109
Identifier: Mss 796109
Scope and Contents Three page letter from William Legge 2nd Earl of Dartmouth in [London, England] to Samuel Lysons informing Lysons that he will probably be appointed to the office of Keeper of the Records. Mentions Cobbett and Addington.