Letter book of Sir Henry Ernest G. Bulwer

Scope and Content

Letter book of Sir Henry Ernest G. Bulwer as Governor of Natal (1882-1885) and schedule of despatches from Bulwer to the Secretary of State (1882, 1883 and 1884).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Henry Ernest Gascoyne Bulwer, CMG (1864) KCMG (1874) GCMG (1883), was born on the 11 December 1836. He was educated at Charterhouse, and Trinity College, Cambridge. Sir Bulwer was Official Resident in the Ionian Islands under the Lord High Commissioner (1860-1864); Private Secretary to his uncle, the Ambassador at Constantinople (1865), and Receiver-General of Trinidad (1866). He administered the Government of Dominica (1867-1869) and was Governor of Labuan and Consular-General in Borneo (1871-1875); Lieutenant-Governor of Natal (1875-1880); Governor of Natal and Special Commissioner for Zulu Affairs (1882-1885) and High Commissioner in Cyprus (1886-1892). Bulwer died on the 30 September 1914.

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to Who Was Who(volume I) .

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Listed as no. 817 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).