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Lawyers and Poetry

George Chalmers


"George Chalmers (1742-1825 ) was a British historian, civil servant and author. He was a lawyer in Baltimore until the American Revolutionary War. After he returned to England, his positions included chief clerk at the Office for Trade in London and colonial agent for the Bahamas. He wrote biographies, poetry and pamphlets on the American colonies and collected a large library of books and manuscripts." [Bio/History, George Chalmers Papers, New York Public Library]

"George Chalmers, Scottish antiquarian and political writer. His writings against the American colonies earned him a government position in a council relating to trade and foreign plantations. Among his numeropus writings are: a biography of Scottish printer and antiquarian Thomas Ruddiman (1794); Caledonia (1807-1824), an encyclopedia of Scottish history and antiquities; and a biography of Mary, Queen of Scots (1818)." [George Chalmers Manuscript Material, New York Public Library]

George Chalmers
Robert Chambers & Thomas Thomson, A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent
327-328 ( London: Blackie, 1874-75)

Selected Writings

George Chalmers, Opinions of Eminent Lawyers on Various Points of English Jurisprudence: Chiefly concerning the colonies, fisheries, and commerce of Great Britain ; collected and digested, from the originals in the Board of Trade and other depositories (Burlington [Vermont]: C. Goodrich and Company, 1858) [online text]

_____________, An Introduction to the History of the Revolt of the American Colonies being a comprehensive view of its origin, derived from the state papers contained in the public offices of Great Britain (Boston: James Munroe and Co., 1845) [vol. 1: online text]


Grace Amelia Cockroft, The Public Life of George Chalmers (New York: Columbia University Press, 1939)