Sir Michael Palairet: Letters to C.B. Hurry

Scope and Content

A chronological series of letters and postcards from Sir Michael Palairet to C.B. Hurry arranged in folders by year. The collection includes some of the original envelopes, particularly for the later letters. There are also a few loose newscuttings. The second box includes two envelopes containing obituaries and a photograph of Palairet.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Charles Michael Palairet (1882-1956), diplomat, was born at Berkeley, Gloucestershire, on 29 September 1882, and educated at Eton. He entered the diplomatic service in 1905, and was part of the British delegation at the Paris peace conference, 1918-1919. Palairet was counsellor at Tokyo, 1922-1925, and Rome, 1928, and was appointed minister at Bucharest, 1929, Stockholm, 1935, Vienna, 1937, and Athens, 1939. He became ambassador to the Greek monarch in 1942. He retired in 1943, but returned to the Foreign Office for a period as temporary assistant under-secretary of state. He died at Allerford, Minehead, Somerset, on 5 August 1956.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by C.B. Hurry, 1962.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Michael Palairet in E.T. Williams and Helen M. Palmer, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1951-1960 (Oxford University Press, 1971), pp. 787-788.