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Papers of the Morier Family - Class E: Correspondence of David Richard Morier 1784-1877 [boxes 1-5]

Class E, Box 1

1. 1804 52 letters from DRM to family while on his way to and in Greece and Albania, with notes on the geography of the Morea.

  • 13. 12.04.04. Account of Malta.
  • 17. 28.04.04. DRM going to the Pasha of Morea's residence at Tripolizza.
  • 23. 28.05.04. Relicts of the Russian invasion (1770's) and the tax on trade enjoyed by Levant consuls.
  • 27. 26.06.04. Description of Ioannina and Ali Pasha.
  • 30. 16.07.04. Account of journey to Athens from Ioannina and of the general area and ancient sites.
  • 31. 19.07.04. Description of local women.
  • 33. 23.07.04. Description of Albania, Ali Pasha and the struggle for liberty of the Suliotes.
  • 34. 23.07.04. Account of the currant trade and the fall of the Governor of Patras.
  • 39. 02.09.04. Description of the country and the journey to Athens.
  • 42. 26.10.04. Mention of the Russian army in Corfu and extract from a dispatch to JPM from Nelson, thanking him for his information on Albania.
  • 44. 19.11.04. Description of Zante.
  • 47. 03.12.04. Rumours of a French attack on Britain.
  • 52. 28.12.04. Political status of Corfu.
  • 53. [ 04] Notes on the geography of the Morea.

2. 1805 38 letters from DRM to family from Greece and Albania, with notes on the area.

  • 5. 08.02.05. Escape of the French fleet from Toulon.
  • 9. 22.03.05. Account of life in Ioannina.
  • 10. 29.03.05. Account of journey from Ioannina, through the country of the Sulliotes (sic), and account of the last stand of the Sulliotes against Ali Pasha.
  • 17. 14.05.05. State of Corfu, actions of the French in Italy.
  • 19. 30.05.05. Fears about the French fleet.
  • 20. 02.06.05. Able to leave Corfu as the ambassador (Mr Arbuthnot) has arrived.
  • 23. 27.06.05. Visit to an island near Ioannina.
  • 24. 30.06.05. Comments on the consular levy.
  • 25. 09.07.05. History and present state of Ioannina.
  • 29. 29.08.05. Situation of the Turks.
  • 35. 23.10.05. Account of journey through Albania and Macedonia.
  • 36. 05.11.05. As above, with account of independent Albanians.

3. 1806 22 letters from DRM to family from Greece and Albania, with notes on the area, and a carriage receipt.

  • 5. 29.01.06. JPM's ideas on the Caliphate, news of a French defeat by Russia and a failed Viennese revolt.
  • 7. 03.02.06. Good relationship between JPM and Ali Pasha, difficulty of getting a job in Downing Street, opinion of F Pouqueville's book on the Morea and Albania.
  • 8. 12.02.06. News of Austerlitz, Franco/Russian situation and a story about the Bey of Senes.
  • 10. 21.02.06. Cession of Dalmatia to France, an attack on Albania by the Suvians(?) and capture of Spanish ships by the Eurydice.
  • 18. 30.04.06. Account of Thessaly, the dangers in the mountains and of an island near Ioannina.
  • 22. 15.12.06. Crisis in the Near East, alarmed about Constantinople.
  • 23. 13.05.06. Notes on a journey from Ioannina to Zitsa.

Class E, Box 2

1. 1807 45 letters from DRM to family on his way to Greece.

  • 4. 22.01.07. State of war for Russia.
  • 7. [ 04.07] Draft of letter to FO offering to take JPM's place in Albania.
  • 16. 05.06.07. Description of Sir Arthur Paget (Ambassador to the Dardanelles).
  • 21. 21.06.07. Situation of Turks and British loss of face, account of Bay of Gibraltar.
  • 23. 28.06.07. Description of Gibraltar.
  • 30. 25.08.07. Armistice between Turks and Russians, Ismael Pasha to meet Paget to open negotiations, progress of same, war between Turks and Russians again, and Lord Elgin's attempts to get the Marbles from Athens.
  • 31. 11.09.07. French influence on the Turks.
  • 32. 28.09.07. DRM sent to Alexandria with dispatches.
  • 33. 28.09.07. Meeting with Pasha of Egypt.
  • 34. 29.09.07. Success of Egyptian negotiations, release of British prisoners in return for British withdrawal from Egypt, Franco/Russian threat to India, DRM hoping to be part of a secret mission.
  • 35. 14.10.07. As above.
  • 37. 02.11.07. DRM ordered to the Morea by Paget.
  • 44. 20.05.07. FO dispatch appointing DRM as JPM's deputy in Albania.
  • 45. 20.05.07. As above.

2. 1808 18 letters from DRM to family and friends from Malta.

  • 3. 03.03.08. Description of Sicily, peace between Turks and Russians.
  • 7. 03.06.08. Death of Prince d'Orléans in Malta.
  • 9. 03.08.08. Negotiations with Turks, capture of a Turkish frigate.
  • 11. 05.08.08. Captured Turkish ships.
  • 13. 10.09.08. DRM going on mission for information in Greek islands with the ambassador, Robert Adair.
  • 14. 03.10.08. Account of secret mission, meeting Hakee Mehmet Pasha, and Turkish negotiations interrupted by revolt of the Janissaries.
  • 15. 07.10.08. Negotiations about to restart.
  • 17. 29.11.08. Progress of above.
  • 18. 26.06.08. FO dispatch ordering DRM to go with Adair to Turkey.

3. 1809 39 letters from DRM to family and friends from Pera and Persia.

  • 1. 03.01.09. Successful end to mission in Dardanelles.
  • 3. 06.01.09. Signing of treaty.
  • 4. 06.02.09. Joy in Pera at peace with Britain.
  • 5. 19.02.09. Turkish lies to the French.
  • 7. 01.03.09. State of the Turks.
  • 8. 09.03.09. News of Sir Harford Jones's mission to Persia, Turkish affairs, including the negotiations with Russian. Press set up to counter French propaganda, the Turkish refusal to bow to Russian pressure against the British presence.
  • 9. 13.03.09. DRM's presentation to the Sultan.
  • 12. 30.03.09. Political situation.
  • 13. 23.04.09. News of Turkish victory over the Russians on the Danube, British protection for ships of the Septinsular Republic, arrest of Chancellor Dendrino of Corfu by the French.
  • 15. 08.05.09. More on the Dendrino affair.
  • 17. 06.06.09. Russian losses against the Turks.
  • 23. 02.07.09. Description of the Princes' Islands.
  • 24. 28.07.09. News from the Danube of French losses.
  • 28. 29.09.09. DRM is going to the King of Persia's camp, to join Sir Harford Jones. Result of the Austrian peace.
  • 30. 23.10.09. Account of journey from Kars and audience with the King.
  • 33. 11.11.09. Life in camp.
  • 35. 12.12.09. Description of Persian character.
  • 36. 12.12.09. Description of Tabriz area, "The Three Churches" and Mount Ararat.
  • 39. [ 09.09] Letter to DRM from Jafer Ali Khan ( Shiraz), who was asked to help DRM by JJM, and laments his own troubles.

4. 1810 22 letters from DRM to family and friends from Tabriz and Pera, with notes on the area.

  • 5. 32.03.10. Extract from a letter to Stratford Canning ( Constantinople legation), stating his wish to leave Persia with Ambassador Adair.
  • 6. 24.03.10. Letter with a rough sketch map of Tabriz and a report on the Plain of Tabriz.
  • 7. 25.03.10. Uncertain whether to leave or stay to help Canning. General Anglo/Persian situation.
  • 14. 12.09.10. Account of summer journey from Tabriz.
  • 16. 28.09.10. Account of audience with the Persian Prince Royal.
  • 17. 15.10.10. Reports of Mirza Abul Hasan Khan's success in England.
  • 19. 26.11.10. Speculations on peace between Britain and Russia.
  • 21. 30.01.10. Letter to John Bidwell from Anthony Baker, on war between Turks and Russians and JJM's progess with the Mirza.
  • 22. 10.06.10. Letter to DRM from Adair, advising him to return to Constantinople from Persia.
  • 23. Notes on a journey in the Tabriz area.

Class E, Box 3

1. 1811 25 letters from DRM to family from Pera.

  • 10. 30.04.11. DRM unable to leave Canning.
  • 12. 06.05.11. News of a Mamalouk massacre.
  • 14. 18.06.11. Quarrel between JJM and Sir Harford Jones.
  • 20. 31.08.11. As above, and DRM's good relations with Canning.

2. 1812 13 letters from DRM to family and friends from Pera and on the journey home.

  • 6. 03.08.12. Letter to Bartholomew Frere (Secretary of Embassy, Constantinople), giving account of a trip to Mount Olympus, with a message from Canning to Ambassador Liston concerning Palermo. Also anxiety about the opening of the Black Sea.

3. 1813 37 letters from DRM to family and Bartholomew Frere while travelling in Austria and Germany with Lord Aberdeen's Embassy to Vienna.

4. 1814 69 letters from DRM to family and his journal while going to and at the Congress of Vienna with Lord Castlereagh.

  • 67. 20.08.14. Journal of DRM's journey to Vienna up to 27.09.14.
  • 68. 29.04.14. Letter from Planta to George Canning, with Canning's reply; Planta seems to be trying to get a Levant Consulship for DRM, "and it will be probably three years before the Hero is fit to take possession of anything, if he can get it".
  • 69. 14. DRM is trying to get Lord Aberdeen to use his influence on WM's behalf.

Class E, Box 4

1. 1815 13 official letters to and from DRM from the Congress of Vienna and Paris.

  • 2. 10.08.15. Letter to Sir Charles Stuart from Talleyrand confirming DRM's post as Consul General.
  • 3. 29.11.15. Letter to DRM from Sir Charles Stuart, passing on request for money from the French Government.
  • 4. 19.12.15. Instructions for the Commissioners of Deposit, Liquidation and Arbitration.
  • 5. 20.12.15. Letter to DRM from Castlereagh, confirming DRM's post.
  • 6. 27.12.15. Instructions for the Commissioners on claims made by British subjects against France.
  • 7. 27.12.15. As above.
  • 8. [ 15] Letter to DRM from the Comte de Rayneval on consular procedure.
  • 10. 17.06.15. Letter to DRM from Joseph Planta (FO) about the French Commissary at Paimboeuf.
  • 12. [ 15] DRM's Commission as Consul General.
  • 13. [ 15] French version of above.

2. 1815 79 letters from DRM to family from Vienna and Paris.

  • 20. 19.06.15. Situation before Waterloo.
  • 21. 20.06.15. Situation after Waterloo.
  • 22. 21.06.15. As above.
  • 23. 22.06.15. As above.
  • 24. 26.06.15. Abdication of Napoleon.
  • 38. 12.07.15. Russians in Paris.
  • 68. 21.12.15. Execution of Lavalette.

3. 1816-17 11 letters from DRM from Paris, including 5 official letters.

  • 6. 15.01.16. Letter to Sir Charles Stuart on the arrival of the new Commissioners in Paris.

4. 1818 63 letters from DRM to family from Paris.

  • 9. 12.02.18. JJM working on 2nd book of travels; attack on the Duke of Wellington.
  • 28. 11.06.18. JJM's book about to be published.
  • 51. 12.10.18. DRM wants to stop his uncle M de Chabannes from sending political letters to the Government through him.

5. 1818 12 official letters to and from DRM from Paris.

  • 2. 10.02.18. Letter to DRM from the Listons (Ambassador to Constantinople) about their new Consul, and the death of Mrs Stratford Canning.
  • 5. 01.05.18. Letter from the Duke of Kent being forwarded to Paris via DRM.
  • 6. 04.05.18. DRM assures Planta that the above letter has been delivered.
  • 7. 28.05.18. Letter from FO about British property wrecked on the French coast.
  • 8. 05.06.18. Letter from Castlereagh to the Royal Commissioners, liquidating their commissions and empowering DRM to stay in Paris.
  • 9. 18.08.18. Letter to James Drummond Campbell (physician to Prince Abbas Mirza); comments on JJM's book; allied troops about to leave France.
  • 10. 30.11.18. Letter to DRM from the Ambassador to Paris, concerning the Consulship at Morlaix.
  • 11. 15.12.18. Letter to DRM from Georgiana Sarragin, about a claim on the Portuguese Government.
  • 12. 17.12.18. Letter to Planta, passing on the claim of the Hutchinson family on the Portuguese Government (see above letter).

Class E, Box 5

1. 1819 37 letters from DRM, including 11 official letters, from Paris.

  • 1. 08.03.19. Letter to Planta about the arrival of the Persian envoy to Paris.
  • 2. 15.03.19. As above.
  • 3. 18.03.19. As above.
  • 5. 04.05.19. Letter from FO about marriage of British subjects abroad.
  • 6. 28.06.19. Letter to Planta about French Consulships.
  • 8. 15.07.19. As above.

2. 1820 76 letters from DRM, including 10 official, from Paris.

  • 1. 17.02.20. Letter to Planta, about the reaction in France to the murder of the Duc de Berri.
  • 2. 20.02.20. Letter to Sir Charles Stuart (Ambassador to Paris) from the wife of the Sous Commissaire de Marine, requesting her husband's promotion to Commissaire, and an indemnity on her shipwrecked property.
  • 4. 07.04.20. Letter to Major George Willock from FO, telling him to pass on Persian news to DRM.
  • 5. 17.04.20. Willock's reply to above, on the "dreaded book" by Persicus (the Persian Ambassador to Britain's account of his residence in England).
  • 6. 17.04.20. Letter to Planta about Persicus's book.
  • 7. 08.06.20. Letter to Planta about political agitation in France.
  • 8. 08.07.20. 2 letters passed on by Sir Charles Stuart, including 07.04.20. from Planta, on Persicus.
  • 9. 23.07.20. Letter to Planta, on a Persian detainee.
  • 19. 14.02.20. Murder of the Duc de Berri.
  • 20. 17.02.20. As above.
  • 32. 07.05.20. Meeting with Maria Edgeworth.
  • 34. 29.05.20. As above.
  • 35. 15.06.20. End of political agitation.
  • 46. 21.08.20. Conspiracy against the King of France.

3. 1821 23 official letters to and from DRM, from Paris.

  • 1. 03.01.21. Letter to Mr Goulburn on colonial chaplaincies.
  • 2. 04.01.21. Letter to Planta, on French public opinion.
  • 9. 02.04.21. Letter to Planta, on the running of the Commission of Deposit.
  • 10. 07.05.21. Letter to DRM from J Besada ( Madrid), in thanks for helping him to get a place in the Naval Ministry.
  • 11. 21.05.21. Letter to DRM from FO, concerning an attack made against DRM by a Mr Hume.
  • 12. 16.05.21. Draft of DRM's reply to Lord Clanwilliam about Hume.
  • 16. 22.08.21. Letter to DRM from FO, on the discharge of British seamen at foreign ports.
  • 17. 06.09.21. Letter to DRM from the Shipowners Society, on the provision of rockets and flares for ships in distress.
  • 21. Accounts of French imports and exports of cotton 1820-21.
  • 22. As above.
  • 23. Table of fees from British shipping and subjects 1821, with table of DRM's absences from his post 1816-21.

4. 1821 34 letters from DRM to family from Paris.

  • 3. 08.02.21. Account of an attempt to blow up Louis XVIII.
  • 4. 29.03.21. News of the situation in Italy.
  • 10. 03.05.21. Christening of the Duc de Bordeaux.

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