Whitefoord, Caleb

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Caleb Whitefoord (Edinburgh 1734 – 25 January 1810 London) was a Scottish merchant, diplomat, and political satirist.  Autograph Slip Signed, 05/01/1788 -  7 1/4 x 2 3/4 mounted - Leaf:  written in blk ink as a Literature Receipt Signed on old English wove fiber wire parchment. A portrait engarving mounted is seen with nice global age-toning. Overall, fine condition.

Born in Edinburgh in 1734, the illegitimate son of Colonel Charles (James) Whitefoord of the Royal Marines, he was educated at James Mundell's School and Edinburgh University.

He moved to London, and in 1756 became a wine merchant.

In 1782 he served as Lord Shelburne’s envoy to Benjamin Franklin on the Peace Commission at Paris. 

In 1784 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and in 1788, upon the proposal of Robert Arbuthnot, Sir William Forbes and Alexander Fraser Tytler he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He died at 28 Argyll Street, London, on 25 January 1810, and was interred at Paddington Churchyard. 


Whitefoord, Caleb (1781). The daily advertiser, in metre. G. Keasly. Whitefoord, Caleb (1799). Advice to Editors of Newspapers. ISBN 978-1-140-69119-8. 

Dobson, Austin; Whitefoord, Caleb (1896).

A postscript to Dr. Goldsmith's retaliation: being an epitaph on Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Whitefoord, Charles; Whitefoord, Caleb (1898).

William Albert Samuel Hewins, ed. The Whitefoord papers: being the correspondence and other manuscripts of Colonel Charles Whitefoord and Caleb Whiteford, from 1739 to 1810.

Clarendon Press. p. 292. - Charles Whitefoord served in Wynyard's (4th Marines), Gooch's, and the 5th Marines in the 1740s.