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Book Description
Substantial lot of private manuscript letters written by Sir Edward Henry "Ted" Goschen, Esq., 2nd Baronet, a notable British Diplomat who, among his other appointments, served as Controller, Secretariat, Ministry of Finance in the Egyptian Foreign Office, and who is remembered for his time as a POW of the Boer War. The lot addressed to his wife, Countess Marie Danneskjold Samsoe of Denmark, spanning a wide array of subjects, the vast majority are from the 1920s whilst in Diplomatic service in England, with 32 letters written when he was in Cairo from 1907-1919. Approximately 680 manuscript letters (exception of 1 in typedscript), accompanied by 8 of the original covers. Together with 10 miniature diaries written by his wife the countess spanning the years 1918-1931, containing cursory notes, mixing Danish and English words, four of which are complete with the original pencil in the integral holder. Together with a small portrait photograph of her inscribed with the date 1914.
Dealer Notes
The highlight of the archive are the letters written in Cairo during British occupation, with primary source accounts, as events were unfolding, of the precarious political relations in 1907 when the British was forming a Foreign Office Ministry in Cairo, the creation of the British Protectorate of Egypt in 1914 and its grand inaugural event, and later mention on post-WWI peace terms.
The many letters are written by Edward Henry "Ted" Goschen, Esq. (1876-1933), who led a career of some distinction as a Diplomat. Goschen began his diplomatic service in 1897 as an honorary attaché to the Embassy in Saint Petersburg, then served 10 months as a Trooper in the Boer War with the 47th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Company, 13th (Irish) Imperial Yeomanry, the whole regiment being taken as POWs during the "Lindley Disaster" on 31 May 1900. Goschen was later released and discharged "at his own request" on 11 December 1900, then to return to Diplomatic Service as Honorary Attaché at the Legation in Tangiers.

After three years he was posted to Egypt as Private Secretary to Sir W.E. Garstin at the Ministry of Public Works. In the fall of 1907 he was sent to Cairo for an appointment, which is recorded in the earliest letters from the present lot. In 1908 he officially joined the staff of the Egyptian Foreign Office as Controller, Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, Cairo. He served with this Ministry for eleven years, right through the Great War. For this service Goschen was appointed an Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy in 1909, he was appointed by His Highness the Khedive of Egypt to receive the Order of the Medjidieh 2nd Class in 1911, and eventually received on the recommendation of His Highness the Sultan of Egypt the Order of the Nile 3rd Class 1916. His obituary in The Times records that "Goschen was a good looking man of great personal charm and a very kindly disposition. Socially he became extremely popular in Cairo, and was a good sportsman with a special affection for cricket."
The highlight of the archive are the letters written in Cairo during British occupation, with primary source accounts, as events were unfolding, of the precarious political relations in 1907 when the British was forming a Foreign Office Ministry in Cairo, the creation of the British Protectorate of Egypt in 1914 and its grand inaugural event, and later mention on post-WWI peace terms.
Author Sir Edward Henry Goschen
Date circa 1907-1931
Condition Occasional age-toning, wear to some covers, otherwise in very good condition.

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