Malet Family papers, 1808-1937
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The papers of the Malet family span the dates 1808-1937, with most of the papers being dated between 1824 and 1908. The papers consist chiefly of correspondence among members of the Malet family, particularly Sir Charles Warre Malet, Sir Alexander Malet and his wife Lady Marian Dora Malet, Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet, and Sir Edward Baldwin Malet, and their friends and diplomatic associates. Notable correspondents include Queen Sophia of the Netherlands, Sidney Herbert, Lord Clarendon, Lord Napier, Lord Stuart de Rochesay, Lord Brougham, Sir Rennell Rodd, Lord Lyons, Lord Granville and Lord Dufferin. The papers also include printed material, writings, financial papers, clippings, photographs, Lady Marian Dora Malet's diary (1831-1833), Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet's album of illustrations of his service in the Crimean War, and miscellaneous papers. The collection is particularly rich in material concerning 19th-century British diplomacy. The letters of Sir Alexander and Sir Edward Malet thoroughly document British relations with Russia, Portugal, Holland, Austria, Germany, the United States, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Belgium, China, and Egypt. The letters and album of Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet in the Malet Family Correspondence Series provide detailed information about the Crimean War, particularly the siege of Sevastopol.
The Queen Sophia Series contains around 900 letters (1842-1877) from Queen Sophia of the Netherlands to Lady Malet relating to political and diplomatic matters with references to Emperor Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie, and Prince Napoleon, of France; King William II, King William III, and Queen Anna, of the Netherlands; King William I and Queen Olga of Württemberg; Francis Napier, Baron Napier; Edward Henry Stanley, Earl of Derby; George William Frederick Villiers, Earl of Clarendon; Henry Richard Charles Wellesley, Earl Cowley; and to other members of the royal families of England, France, the Netherlands, and Württemberg.
In the Alexander and Edward Malet Correspondence Series, Sir Alexander Malet's letters to his mother chronicle his duty in Russia (1824-1827), Portugal (1833-1835), Holland (1836-1843), and Austria and Germany (1844-1845). Three letterbooks contain copies of dispatches that he wrote to the Foreign Office while acting as envoy to the Germanic Confederation at Frankfurt from 1852-1866. Bismarck, a friend of the family, was at Frankfurt between 1851 and 1858, and conversations with him were reported in the correspondence.
The letters of Sir Edward Malet in the Alexander and Edward Malet Correspondence Series cover his entire diplomatic career. He was in Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War, in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and Commune, in Constantinople at the end of the Russo-Turkish War, and in Egypt as agent and consul-general from 1879-1883. Peking (1873), Athens (1874), Rome (1875-1876), Brussels (1884), and Berlin (1884-1895) were also on his tour of duty. One volume contains copies of Malet's dispatches from Egypt from 1881-1883. Around 4,000 letters span his career, documenting political events of the period.
The Malet Family Printed Material Series includes material concerning the marriage of Princess Louise of Schleswig-Holstein in 1891 and for the visit on that occasion of the Emperor and Empress of Germany. The Alexander and Edward Malet Writings Series includes Sir Edward's Shifting Scenes (1901) in both print and manuscript format and proofs and manuscripts of Sir Alexander's The Overthrow of the Germanic Federations by Prussia in 1866 (1870)
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Sir Charles Warre Malet, 1st Baronet Date Event 1752, Dec. 30 Baptised 1791, Feb. 24 Was created a baronet 1799, Sept. 23 Married Susanna Wales 1815, Dec. 15 Died and was succeeded by son Alexander Malet Sir Alexander Malet, 2nd Baronet Date Event 1800, July 23 Born 1834, Dec. 22 Married Marian Dora Spalding (d. 1891, Jan. 2) 1886, Nov. 28 Died and was succeeded by son Henry Charles Eden Malet Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet, 3rd Baronet Date Event 1835, Sept. 25 Born 1873, Feb. 19 Married Laura Jane Hamilton (d. 1922, May 9) 1904, Jan 12 Died and was succeeded by brother Edward Baldwin Malet Sir Edward Baldwin Malet, 4th Baronet Date Event 1837, Oct. 10 Born 1885, Mar. 19 Married Lady Ermyntrude Sackville Russell (d. 1927, Mar. 22) 1908, June 29 Died and was succeeded by cousin Edward St. Lo Malet Sir Charles Warre Malet, 1st Baronet Date Event 1753? Born 1785-1791 Resident minister at Poona, India 1791 Was created a baronet for his services at Poona, India 1791-1798 Acting Governor of Bombay 1798 Retired and returned to England 1815 Died Sir Alexander Malet, 2nd Baronet Date Event 1800, June Born at Hartham Park, Wiltshire 1815 Succeeded to baronetcy 1822 BA, Christ Church, Oxford 1824 Entered diplomatic service as attaché at St. Petersburg 1832-1834 Secretary of Legation at Lisbon under Lord Howden 1834 Married Marian Dora Spalding 1836-1843 Secretary of the Embassy at the Hague 1849 Became Minister Plenipotentiary to the Germanic confederation at Frankfurt 1860 Author of The Conquest of England 1866 Retired 1870 Author of The Overthrow of the German Confederation by Prussia in 1866 1886, Nov. 28 Died in London Marian Dora Spalding, Lady Malet Date Event Unknown Born to Thomas Spalding and Mary Anne Eden 1834, Dec. 22 Married Sir Alexander Malet 1835 Gave birth to Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet, 3rd Baronet 1836 Anonymously published Violet, or The Danseuse: A Portraiture of Human Passions and Character, a satirical novel ca. 1836 Became friends with Queen Sophia of Holland, with whom she corresponded until the Queen's death in 1877 1837, Oct. 10 Gave birth to Sir Edward Baldwin Malet, 4th Baronet 1891, Jan. 2 Died Sir Henry Charles Eden Malet, 3rd Baronet Date Event 1835 Born to Sir Alexander Malet and Marian Dora (Spalding) Malet 1854 Commissioned in the Grenadier Guards 1854-1856 Served in the Crimean War 1862 Was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1870 Retired 1904 Died Sir Edward Malet Date Event 1837, Oct. 10 Born to Marian and Alexander Malet 1854 Appointed attaché at Frankfurt at age seventeen 1860 Appointed to the British Legation at Parana in the Argentine 1861 Transferred to Brazil 1862 Changed positions with William Brodie, attaché at Washington, D.C. 1864 Returned to England as Head of Chancery 1865 Transferred to Constantinople 1867 Transferred to Paris 1871 Promoted to Secretary of Legation at Peking 1873 Accepted appointment as Secretary of the Athens Legation and transferred to Greece 1875 Accepted appointment as Secretary of the Rome Legation and moved to Italy 1876 Promoted to Secretary of Embassy 1878 Appointed to Constantinople 1879 Appointed Agent and Consul General in Egypt and transferred to Alexandria 1883 Promoted to Minister at Brussels and transferred to Belgium 1884 Appointed to Berlin as ambassador 1885 Married Ermyntrude Hastings 1895 Retired and returned to England 1901 Published Shifting Scenes 1908, June Died at the Chorleywood home of his sister-in-law, Lady Ella Russell
- Acquisition Information:
- The papers of the Malet family were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library of Duke University between 1970 and 1990.
- Processing information:
Processed by: Melissa Delbridge, William Erwin, Allan Freyer, Akira Ishii, Elizabeth Scott, Lisa Stark
Completed September 24, 1996
Encoded by Stephen D. Miller
When Duke University acquired the Malet family papers, dates had been penciled on some of the letters and documents. Researchers should be aware that some of these dates may not be accurate. No attempt has been made in the processing of the collection to change or verify them.
The name of Lady Marian Dora (Spalding) Malet is sometimes given as "Mary Anne" or "Marianne." In processing, the name "Marian" is used after the form used in the OCLC Name Authority File.
The papers of Alexander and Edward Malet were housed in acidic folders upon their arrival at Duke University. The notes on these folders have been photocopied and can be found in the Inventory Drawer in the Research Room, and may provide additional information about the material in the Alexander and Edward Malet section of the Malet Family Papers.
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Crimean War, 1853-1856
Diplomats -- Great Britain -- Correspondence
Europe -- Politics and government -- 18th century
Army. Grenadier Guards
Malet, Alexander, Sir, 1800-1886
Derby, Edward Henry Stanley, Earl of, 1826-1893
Eden, Frances, dd 1801-1849
Malet, Mary Ann Dora Spalding -- Lady, d. 1891
Sophie, Queen Consort of William III, King of the Netherlands, 1818-1877
Malet, Edwin, Sir, 1837-1908
Malet, Henry Charles Eden, Sir
Netherlands -- Kings and rulers
England -- Kings and rulers
France -- Kings and rulers
Germany -- Kings and rulers
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
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