Papers of Sir Edmund Monson

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      GB 161 MSS. Don. c. 154, d. 178-9; Eng. c. 5372-3; Eng. hist. b. 243, c. 589-95, c. 1161-1290, d. 358, e. 341-2
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Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Edmund Monson, mainly relating to his diplomatic service in Denmark, Greece, Austria-Hungary and France, 1884-1904, with papers relating to other diplomatic postings, and family correspondence, 1841-1908. The collection is arranged as follows:

  • Diaries of Sir Edmund John Monson, 1st Baronet, while British Minister at Copenhagen and Athens, 1888-9
  • Early correspondence and papers, 1852-77, with some family letters, 1869-1901
  • Letters, 1881-5 (mainly Uruguay and Argentina)
  • Letters and bills, 1884-8 (Denmark)
  • Letters and bills, 1888-92 (Greece)
  • Letters and bills, 1892-3 (Belgium)
  • Letters and bills, 1893 (London)
  • Letters and bills, 1893-6 (Austria-Hungary)
  • Letter and bills, 1896-1905 (France)
  • Miscellaneous correspondence relating to Monson's early career, and his service in Athens, Brussels, Vienna and Paris, 1889-97
  • Family letters, 1841-1908
  • Miscellaneous papers, 1798-1904

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edmund John Monson, 1st baronet (1834-1909) was a diplomat. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 243, c. 1161-1290 were bought from John, 11th Baron Monson, 1987; MSS. Eng. hist. c. 589-95, d. 358 were purchased in 1972; MSS. Eng. hist. e. 341-2 were purchased in 1978; MSS. Don. c. 154, d. 178-9, were given by John Wilson (Autographs) Ltd. through FOB, Sept. 1982; MSS. Eng. c. 5372-3 were given by John Wilson, 1993.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

Some printed items have been transferred to the Department of Printed Books, and a few items to the John Johnson collection.