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Authorised form of nameWest; James (1703 - 1772)
SurnameWest
ForenamesJames
Dates1703 - 1772
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
02 May 1703
Death:
02 July 1772
ActivityProfession:
Barrister
Education:
Balliol College, Oxford; BA (1723), MA (1726); Inner Temple (admitted 1721); Lincoln's Inn (admitted 1738)
Career:
Travelled in France and the Low Countries; called to the Bar (1728); Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1743-1752); Joint Secretary of the Treasury (1746-1756, 1757-1762); MP for St Albans (1741-1768); MP for Boroughbridge (1768-death); Recorder of Poole (1746-death); Recorder of St Albans (1758-1760); High Steward of St Albans (1759-death); Trustee of the British Museum; Treasurer of the Inner Temple (1768); had a large library and collection of coins, medals, plate and curiosities; his manuscripts were sold to Lord Shelburne and are now in the British Library and some of his books are now in the Bodleian Library
Memberships:
FSA (1726); Spalding Society (1729)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
9/03/1727
Proposers:
Simon Degge
Council:
1730; Treasurer 1736-1768; VP 1741-?, 1751-?, 1760-1768; PRS 1768-1772
RelationshipsSon of Richard West, gent, of St Swithin's, London, and Prior's Marston, Warwickshire, and his wife, Mary Russell of Strensham, Worcestershire; married Sarah, daughter of Sir Thomas Stevens, Timber Merchant, of Southwark and Eltham, Kent
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Foster; LI; Sedgwick
References:
Gentleman's Magazine 1772, p343 (obituary)
London Magazine 1772, p345 (obituary)
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/46572341
Royal Society codeNA240
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
AB/1/2/1/130Letter to James West from Mr Robertson15 August 1768
AB/1/2/3/24An Accompt of Moneys received for James West by admission fees and in lieu of giving bond for the payment of annual contributions and by bonds taken up and also by annual contributions by Francis Hauksbee1756 - 1757
AB/1/2/1/134Letter to James West from William Sleigh20 October 1768
AB/1/2/3/29An Account of Moneys Received on account of the Royal Society and paid to James West Esq by Francis Hauksbee1760 - 1761
AB/1/2/1/67Receipt for money received by Charles Morton from Mr West, Treasurer19 November 1764
AB/1/2/1/37Receipt for books purchased by James West 1760
AB/1/2/3/30An Account of Moneys Received on account of the Royal Society and paid to James West Esq by Francis Hauksbee1760-1761
AB/1/2/1/123Letter from Mr Kirkby to James West8 January 1768
AB/1/2/3/16Moneys paid to and for James West by Francis Hauksbee1754
AB/1/2/3/20An Account of Money's received for J West by Francis Hauksbee22 November 1751 - 22 November 1752
AB/1/2/1/131Letter to James West from Mr James Frederick5 September 1768
AB/1/2/1/119Letter from Mr Kirkby Comber to James West19 January 1767
AB/1/2/3/23An Accompt of Moneys received for James West by admission fees and in lieu of giving bond for the payment of annual contributions and by bonds taken up and also by annual contributions by Francis Hauksbee1756 - 1757
AB/1/2/1/126Letter to James West from William Huddesford28 March 1768
AB/1/2/4/7Note of Royal Society payments sent by Mr da Costa to James West13 March 1766
AB/1/2/1/125Letter to Mr West from Dr Hill17 January 1768
AB/1/2/3/19An Account of Moneys Received for James West Esq by Francis Hauksbee1750 - 1751
AB/1/2/1/61Sold for the President, Council and Fellows of the Royal Society by order of James West esq their attorney £400 Reduced Bank Annuities at 90 1/81 February 1763
AB/1/2/1/6Letter from George Ballard, Campden to James West Esq, Member of Parliament, Lincolns Inn Fields, London 28 September 1754
AB/1/2/1/129Letter to James West from William Sleigh30 June 1768
AB/1/2/1/71Letter to James West from William Russell13 December 1764
AB/1/2/1/59Order of Council for James West to pay the balance in his hands to the new Treasurer Samuel Wegg6 December 1768
AB/1/2/3/18An Account of Moneys Received for James West Esq by Francis Hauksbee1749 - 1750
AB/1/2/2James West's Miscellaneous Papers1720-1770
AB/1/2/1/109Receipts since 28 November 17671768
AB/1/2/3/25An Account of Moneys Received for James West Esq by Francis Hauksbee1757 - 1758
AB/1/2/1/132Letter to James West from William Watson15 October 1768
AB/1/2/1/92Letter from Dr Hill to James West27 November 1766
AB/1/2/3/37An account of monies paid for James West by Francis Hauksbee27 November 1761 - 27 November 1762
AB/1/2/4/36Abstract of Mr da Costa's Account with James West Esq1766
AB/1/2/1/106Letter from Lord Morton, Brook Street to James West8 December 1767
AB/1/2/1/127Letter to James West from William Sleigh, Hatton Garden4 June 1768
AB/1/2/1/66Letter from James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, Brook Street to James West6 October 1764
AB/1/2/1/105Letter from Lord Morton, Brook Street to James West, Kings Street, Covent Garden1 December 1767
AB/1/2/1James West's financial papers1751-1769
AB/1/2/1/120Letter from Thomas Ancell, Cockpit to James West20 December 1767
MM/10/137Note concerning transaction mentioned in Nevil Maskelyne's letter to James West, 17 August 1761, of thirty pounds to Charles Hutchinson, Governor of St Helena.1762
MM/10/136Letter from Nevil Maskelyne, St Helena, to James West17 August 1761
NLB/11/750Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to the Director, National Portrait Gallery, 20 Great George Street, S.W.1 October 1895
AB/1/2/1/73Letter from Emanuel Mendes Da Costa to James West 17 October 1765
AB/1/2/1/70Letter from Emanuel Mendes da Costa to James West8 December 1764
L&P/5/231Letter, 'Meteorological observations at Lyndon, Rutland' from Thomas Barker to James West22 March 1771
L&P/2/28Letter, 'Notes as to an enclosure' from James West to the Royal Society 25 January 1750
L&P/5/207Letter, 'Of a bird from the East Indies' from George Edwards to James West1771
L&P/5/277Letter, 'Meteorological observations at Lyndon, 1771' from T Barker to James West18 January 1772
L&P/5/80Letter, 'Asks the advice of the Royal Society on the protection of the cathedral from the lightning' from the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral to James West6 March 1769
L&P/5/179Letter, 'Of the annual overflow of the Nile' from Thomas Gale to James West30 March 1770
L&P/5/113Letter, 'Of sepulchral inscriptions and carved figures discovered at Bonn in 1755' from John Strange to James West10 July 1769
L&P/5/196Letter, 'Twenty cases of compound interest' from John Robertson to James West1770
L&P/5/164Letter, 'An account of some very perfect and uncommon specimens of Spongiae' from John Strange to James West16 November 1769
L&P/5/247Letter, 'Of the height of his rain gauge' from Thomas Barker to James West4 June 1771
AB/1/2/1/128Letter to James West from Mr J Robertson28 June 1768
AP/4/11Unpublished paper, 'An inquiry into the supposed alteration of the axis of this earth' by Capt Joseph Mead5 August 1771
MM/4/17Letter from Martin Folkes, President, Royal Society, on the appointment of Vice-Presidents1751
MS/391/126Power of deputy, issued by James Burrow, President of the Royal Society, to James West8 November 1768
MM/20/51Newspaper cuttings on the Royal Society1732-1739, 1820
AP/4/11/1Unpublished manuscript, 'An inquiry into the supposed alteration of the axis of this earth' by Capt Joseph Mead5 August 1771
AP/4/11/2Unpublished diagrams, earth and lines of latitude by [Joseph Mead]5 August 1771
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