Letter from British Ambassador to France, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, to the aunt of French author Pierre Loti. He thanks her for her efforts to get his book into Loti’s hands, and that all of his family are readers of Loti’s work.
Nice red letterhead portraying his heraldry.
I hasten to thank you for your kind letter, and for all the trouble you have gone through to get my poor little book into the hands of Mr. Pierre Loti. We have just, my wife and I, read one more of his books, which we admired a lot, at the same time as my married daughter was browsing "Madame Chrysantheme". So you see the whole house has been concerned about your nephew...
À Madame Nelly Lieuitier 1 Carrefour de la Croix-Rouge Paris
Envelope with same heraldry on envelope flap, as well an indistinct red seal.
Four page paper, with writing on three pages.
Letter folded, small tear on fold. Rips on envelope where opened at top.
Pierre Loti (1850 –1923) was a French naval officer and novelist, known for his exotic novels and short stories… Madame Chrysanthème, a novel of Japanese manners that is a precursor to Madama Butterfly and Miss Saigon (a combination of narrative and travelog) was published the same year (1887).
Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava KP GCB GCSI GCMG GCIE PC (1826 –1902) was a British public servant and prominent member of Victorian society. In his youth he was a popular figure in the court of Queen Victoria, and became well known to the public after publishing a best-selling account of his travels in the North Atlantic.
He is now best known as one of the most successful diplomats of his time. His long career in public service began as a commissioner to Syria in 1860, where his skillful diplomacy maintained British interests while preventing France from instituting a client state in Lebanon. After his success in Syria, Dufferin served in the Government of the United Kingdom as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Under-Secretary of State for War. In 1872 he became Governor General of Canada, bolstering imperial ties in the early years of the Dominion, and in 1884 he reached the pinnacle of his diplomatic career as Viceroy of India.
As ambassador to France from 1891 to 1896, he presided over some difficult times in Anglo-French relations, and was accused by some sections of the French press of trying to undermine Franco-Russian relations.
…He was careless with money but charming in high society on three continents.