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Papers of Lady Hester Stanhope, 1802-1814

MS. Eng. c. 5759
Held at the Weston Library

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  1. (fols. 1-87) letters from her to (fols. 1-64) John Barker, British consul at Aleppo, 1814-1815, (fols. 65-80) [B. Pisani], 1814, and (fols. 81-87) her brother James Stanhope, 1814
  2. (fols. 88-172) letters to her from (fols. 88-93) B. Pisani, (fols. 94-170) contemporary copies of letters from John Barker, 1814-15, including (fol. 100) 'Directions for renewing the water of Persian gun barrels', 1814, and (fols. 135-136) 'Method of renewing the Giohar; or flowery grain of Persian swords, commonly called Damascus blades', 1814, (published several times in the early 19th cent., e.g. Fundgruben des Orients, 5 (1816), 40 - see J. Piaskowski, O stali damasceńskíej (Wrocław, etc., 1974), p. 313, item 127) with a few letters from him to other correspondents, and (fols. 171-2) Thomas Coutts, 1813
  3. (fols. 173-227) miscellaneous papers of Lady Hester and Michael Bruce relating to the Middle East, 1802-1814, n.d., including letters, memoranda, (fols. 173-174) two water-colour drawings of Turkish women, reproduced in black-and white in Nun of Lebanon, (fols. 175-177) three Turkish documents, safe-conducts for Michael Bruce, and (fols. 204-206) journal of travels, 17-30 June, no year.


  • Creation: 1802-1814


227 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. c. 5759

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