The Early Modern Commons

On the archival trail of William Macintosh

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In the long term

28 November 2023

The gingko grove outside the Queen’s Building at Royal Holloway, University of London. An ever-present challenge in a long-term project like writing a book is how best to sustain...

Last of the summer writing

4 September 2023

Memorial to Joseph Price (1726–1796) in the Priory Church of St Mary the Virgin in Monmouth To mark the end of another summer of work on my book, I recently made a pilgrimage of...

The “Musquitto fleet” and “Mac, the Historian”

17 July 2023

The long and ignominious personal conflict between Philip Francis and Warren Hastings is well known to historians of the East India Company, but the parallel proxy war that played out...

The uncertain terminus of John Whitehill

8 June 2023

Of all the friendships that William Macintosh cultivated on his arrival in India, that with the sometime governor of Madras, John Whitehill, was perhaps the most unlikely. An archetypal...