Three autograph letters from Maurice Baring to Lady Ottoline Morrell; 1925 and n.d.

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Letter from Maurice Baring to Lady Ottoline Morrell asking her to send him some of the Newstead and Welbeck photographs, 13 Nov. 1925, MS 828/1;

Letter from Baring to Morrell thanking her for the photographs and promising to send her Viscount Samuel's photograph if he can, 9 Dec. 1925, MS 828/2;

Letter from Baring to Morrell informing her that he is leaving for Russia tomorrow, n.d., MS 828/3.

Administrative / Biographical History

Maurice Baring, poet and author, was born on 27 April 1874, the fifth son of Edward Charles Baring, later first Baron Revelstoke, and his wife Louisa Emily Charlotte. Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge he entered the diplomatic servive in 1898 working in Paris, Copenhagen, Rome and London before resigning in 1904. Baring then began his journalistic career, firstly reporting on the Russo-Japanese War for the Morning Post and later going as a correspondent to Constantinople and the Balkans. At the outbreak of the First World War Baring enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps branch of the British expeditionary force and later became a staff officer of the Royal Air Force. Baring's published works include 'The Puppet Show Of Memory', an autobiography of his early life, 'With the Russians in Manchuria', 'C' and 'Cat's Cradle'. He was made an OBE in 1918 and died in 1945.

Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell was an English aristocrat and society hostess. She was the daughter of Lieutenant General Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck and his second wife. Her half-brother William Bentinck succeeded as 6th Duke of Portland in 1879, upon which Ottoline was granted the rank of a daughter of a duke and given the courtesy title 'Lady'. The family moved into Welbeck Abby in Nottingham in 1879 upon the 6th Duke's sucession.


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Custodial History

The items were acquired by the University in October 2008.