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Papers of the Morier Family - Class D: Correspondence of James Justinian Morier 1782-1849

Class D, Box 1

1. 1799-1800 38 [37 as numbered & digitised in 2013] letters from JJM to family while going to and at Smyrna (with a letter from school c1788). Images online here.

2. 1801 23 [21 as numbered & digitised in 2013] letters from JJM to family from Smyrna, with an extract from a letter from JPM. Images online here.

  • 3. 31.03.01. Extract from JPM's letter of 28.03.01., giving an account of a battle in Egypt and the loss of Sir Ralph Abercrombie's leg.
  • 9. 16.07.01. Death of Sir Ralph Abercrombie.
  • 13. 15.09.01. News of the capitulation of Alexandria.
  • 17. 15.11.01. Peace to be declared.
  • 18. 29.11.01. JJM expresses his wish to see the world.

3. 1802-03 28 [23 as numbered & digitised in 2013 ]letters from JJM to family from Smyrna and while coming home, with general information on the family business. Images online here.

4. 1804-05 21 letters from JJM to family while going to and at Smyrna and Constantinople. Images online here.

  • 10. 17.10.04. 2 short stories (4 pp).

5. 1806-07 20 letters from JJM to family from Constantinople and England. [previous modern numbering 1-21, 16 void, retained as numbered & digitised in 2014]. Images online here.

  • D1.5.01 Constantinople 9 August 1806. 1f. In French.
  • D1.5.02 Pisa 17 August 1806. 1 bifolium, scorched along top edge. Re political situation. In English.
  • D1.5.03 Pisa 25 ?August 1806. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.04 Pisa 25 August 1806. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.5.05 Constantinople 10 October 1806. 1f. In English.
  • D1.5.06 Constantinople 10 October 1806. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.5.07 Devonshire 4 January 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.08 Portsmouth 10 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.09 Portsmouth 11 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.10 Portsmouth 11 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.11 Portsmouth 15 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.5.12 Portsmouth 16 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.13 Portsmouth 20 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.5.14 Portsmouth, 23 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.15 Portsmouth 25 September 1807. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • 16 void - [note in modern pencil on 17 '16 gone']
  • D1.5.17 Portsmouth 3 October 1807. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.5.18 Portsmouth 7 October 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.19 9 October 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.20 Portsmouth 12 October 1807. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.5.21 ND 1f. In French.

6. 1808-09 19 letters from JJM to family from India, Persia and Smyrna, while with Sir Harford Jones's mission to Persia.

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  • D1.6.01 Bombay 19 August 1808. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.6.02 Bombay 10 September 1808. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.6.03 Bombay 19 September 1808. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.6.04 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 15 October 1808. 1 bifolium. In English.
  • D1.6.05 ND [pencil annotation ? October 1808]. 1f. In French.
  • D1.6.06 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 2 November 1808. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.6.07 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 16 November 1808. 2 bifolia. In English. The King wants the mission to go to Tehran. Description of the Persian country and people.
  • D1.6.08 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 21 November 1808. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.6.09 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 10 December 1808. 1 bifolium. In English. Sir Harford Jones wants JJM to be Public Secretary to the mission and to take charge of the Embassy in his absence.
  • D1.6.10 Bushire [Bushehr, Iran] 13 December 1808. 1f. In English.
  • D1.6.11 Shiraz [Iran] 8 January 1809 [original 1808, corrected later in pencil]. 1 bifolium & 1 f. In French.
  • D1.6.12 Shiraz [Iran] 11 January 1809 [original 1808, corrected later in pencil]. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.6.12a Tehran, 26 February 1809. 1 bifolium A3+. In English. Awkward start to the mission.
  • D1.6.13 Erzroum [Erzurum, Turkey] 16 June 1809. 1 bifolium & 1 f. In English. JJM coming home with the Persian Chargé d'affaires, Mirza Abul Hasan.
  • D1.6.14 [?Kuley Hiftar] 1 July 1809. 1f. In English.
  • D1.6.15 Pera [Istanbul] 2 August 1809. 1 bifolium. In French.
  • D1.6.16 Smyrna, 1 September 1819 [sic]. 1 bifolium, 2 enclosures. In English.
  • D1.6.17. Smirna, 6 September 1809. 1 bifolium. In English. JJM about to embark with the Mirza.
  • D1.6.18. ND [later, in pencil, February - April 1809] 1f. In English. JJM hoping to stay in Persia as Chargé d'affaires in Sir Harford's absence. ?stamp cut out.

7. 1810-11 17 letters [19 as listed and digitised in 2014] from JJM to family and friends and 2 official letters to Sir Harford Jones, while on his way to and in Persia, with Sir Gore Ouseley's mission to Tehran.

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  • 1. 25.05.10. JJM has finished his first book, A Journey Through Persia.
  • 2. 09.09.10. JJM on his way to Persia with Sir Gore and the Mirza.
  • 6. 20.01.11. Sir Harford Jones is angry with JJM; the Mirza has been made a Khan.
  • 11. 08.05.11. Account of Sir Harford's ungraciousness.
  • 18. 02.04.11. Letter to Sir Harford Jones.
  • 19. [ 04.11] Letter to Sir Harford, on the character and actions of Sir Gore Ouseley.

8. 1812 18 letters from JJM to family from Persia.

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  • 4. 07.06.12. Sir Gore wants JJM to be his successor and encloses questions on how this can be arranged.
  • 14. 12.10.12. Account of a visit to a Russian camp.
  • 16. 29.11.12. JJM's book now in print.
  • 18. 28.12.12. Part of a letter describing an audience with a king (unknown).

Class D, Box 2

1. 1813-14 23 letters from JJM to family from Persia. [Nos. 1-22 + 4a found July 2017.]

  • 6. 10.10.13. Sketch of the camp.
  • 4a 04.07.13. State of Persian mission.
  • 7. 12.10.13. Description of an Armenian wedding.
  • 13. 15.06.14. Sir Gore about to leave Persia.
  • 19. 26.11.14. Likelihood of a minister no longer being needed in Persia.

2. 1815 13 letters from JJM to family from Persia and Constantinople. [Nos. 1-12 + 6a found July 2017.]

  • 2. 10.03.15. Considers result of the mission, Persian politics and the chances of his being recalled.
  • 9. 20.08.15. JJM to leave Persia.

9 & 10 badly browned & fragile.

3. 1816-17 25 letters from JJM to family, on his way back from Constantinople to England. [Nos. 1-25 found July 2017.]

  • 15. 23.09.16. Advising DRM to write official reports in more detail.
  • 19. 02.01.17. JJM at work on a second book on Persia.

4. 1818-19 15 letters from JJM to family.

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  • 4. 07.10.18. A Second Journey Through Persia published.
  • 12. 16.13.19. JJM is to look after the Persian envoy, Mirza Abul Hasan Khan.
  • 13. 27.03.19. Preparing for the Mirza.
  • 15. 10.09.19. Showing the Mirza the sights.

5. 1820-22 15 letters from JJM to DRM.

  • 1. 03.04.20. The Mirza leaving for Paris, and writing an account of his stay in England for JJM.
  • 4. 28.06.20. Concerning a "Persian runaway", called "Persicus".

6. 1824-25 14 letters from JJM to family, from England and Mexico (including 1 letter to JJM).

  • 1. 09.01.24. Account of the success of Hajji Baba.
  • 2. 08.04.24. JJM at work on the 2nd edition of Hajji Baba.
  • 3. 08.07.24. JJM about to go on a special mission to Mexico.
  • 4. 14.07.24. As above.
  • 6. 02.08.24. As above.
  • 10. [ 24] Letter to JJM from a Mr Mose, praising Hajji Baba and making suggestions for changes in the 2nd edition.
  • 13. 19.10.25. JJM about to return to Mexico.

7. 1826-27 16 letters from JJM to family, from England and Mexico.

  • 3. 25.07.26. JJM's views on the Mexican economy.
  • 10. 01.03.27. JJM's views on Mexican politics.

Class D, Box 3

1. 1828-29 14 letters from JJM to family from England and Italy.

  • 3. 05.12.28. Copies of stories and poems from a house party.
  • 6. 21.12.28. JJM working on a review of Ward's Mexico.
  • 13. 09.12.29. Account of JJM's presentation to the Pope.

2. 1830-35 41 letters from JJM to family from England and Italy.

  • 1. 25.02.31. Civil unrest near Rome.
  • 5. 19.08.31. Enclosing a letter from the Foreign Office about DRM's pension.
  • 6. 09.09.31. Advice to DRM on his recall from Paris.
  • 7b 05.04.33. Plot for new novel.
  • 7c 10.09.32. Review of Zohrab the Hostage.
  • 7e 01.11.32. Zohrab and the state of Belgium.
  • 7i 05.07.33. Passes on letter from Joseph Planta defending DRM's career.
  • 7l 28.11.33. Warning DRM against joining the Austrian faction.
  • 8. 27.02.34. Passing on official approval for DRM, and starting work on a new book.

3. 1836-49 37 letters from JJM to family, plus his death certificate, 9 letters from his wife Harriet (1822-32) and 3 from his son Greville (1849).

  • 8. 17.10.38. Decay of Muslim power.
  • 26. 23.11.46. British political scene.
  • 36. 18.03.49. Letter to DRM from Greville Morier, during JJM's last illness.
  • 37. 19.03.49. Letter to DRM from Greville Morier, on JJM's death.

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