Algernon Freeman-Mitford: Letters from Japan

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Photocopies of letters written by Freeman-Mitford in Japan, 1866-1869.

Administrative / Biographical History

Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford (1837-1916), 1st Baron Redesdale, diplomat and author, was born at South Audley, London, on 24 February 1837, and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He entered the Foreign Office in 1858, and was attaché in Japan, 1866-1870. After resigning from the diplomatic service in 1873, he was Secretary to the Board of Works, 1874-1876. He was Conservative M.P. for the Straford-upon-Avon division, 1892-1895, and was created baron in 1902. He died at Batsford Park, Gloucestershire, on 17 August 1916.

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by Sir Hugh Cortazzi, 1987.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Algernon Freeman-Mitford in H.W.C. Davis and J.R.H. Weaver, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1912-1921 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 380-382.

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