Catalogue of the papers of Colonel George and Mrs. Caroline Julia Baker, 1809-57

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2002

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Official papers
    A.1  Official letters, mainly 1830-6
    A.2  Official papers, 1830-6
B    Private papers
    B.1  Journals, 1830-5
        B.1.1  Journal kept by Colonel Baker for most of the period 27 Mar. 1830-2 July 1835
        B.1.2  Journal of Mrs. C.J. Baker for most of the period 1 Jan. 1832-3 May 1836,
    B.2  Correspondence and a few other miscellaneous personal papers, mainly 1826-36
C    Printed papers and maps


Papers of Colonel George and Mrs. Caroline Julia Baker, 1809-57

Abstract:
Papers of Colonel George and Mrs. Caroline Julia Baker, 1809-1857, mainly relating to the period of Colonel Baker's office as British representative on the Greek Boundary Commission.

Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 136, c. 263-72, d. 215-18, e. 52-64, f. 26-7

Extent: 30 shelfmarks

Acquisition

Deposited, 1966.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Baker | Caroline Julia | fl 1828-1836
Baker | George | 1794-1859 | colonel

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Greek Boundary Commission

Place names (NCA Rules)

Greece

Subjects (LCSH)

Diaries

A   Official papers

A.1   Official letters, mainly 1830-6

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 263-6


Official letters to Colonel George Baker, concerning his appointment to and work with the Greek Boundary Commission, 1830-6
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 263
Extent: 112 leaves

Scope and Content:

With a single letter of 1838. The letters include dispatches from the Foreign Office, some of them signed by successive Foreign Ministers: to Nov. 1830, the Earl of Aberdeen, Nov. 1830-1834, Lord Palmerston, and 1835, the Duke of Wellington; and at fol. 41 a letter in Greek from Hussein Bey, the Turkish representative on the Commission, 15 Oct. 1832.


Letter-book containing copies of official letters from Colonel Baker, 9 Sept. 1830-1832
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 264
Extent: 1 + 213 pages

Scope and Content:

At p. 191 rev. is a list of contents, complete for 1830-1, but including only the dispatches to the Foreign Office for 1832.


Letter-book containing copies of official letters from Colonel Baker, 1833-1 Oct. 1835
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 265
Extent: iii + 88 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fol. iiiv is a list of dispatches sent, 1833-6.


Letter-book containing copies of official letters from Colonel Baker, 1 Oct. 1835-1836, with five letters dated 1838-9, and two dated 1857
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 266
Extent: i + 30 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fol. 21 is a letter to Baker from Lord Ponsonby, 20 Apr. 1839.

A.2   Official papers, 1830-6

Shelfmarks: Dep. b. 136, c. 267


Official papers, 1830-6
Shelfmark: Dep. b. 136
Extent: 145 leaves

Scope and Content:

Loose in a contemporary folder, comprising

  • (fol. 3) copies in French of protocols, numbers 23 (part), 28-29, 31-33, 46, 52 (part), 58, of conferences held at the Foreign Office relating to Greece, 1830-6, printed in State papers relating to the affairs of Greece, Parliamentary papers, 1830 vol. XXXII, 1831-2 vol. XLVIII and 1843 vol. LX
  • copies of other official documents, 1830-6, including
    • (fol. 124) nine protocols of meetings of the boundary commission, in French, 31 Aug.-6 Nov. 1832
    • (fol. 136) copy of a dispatch of the commissioners of 12 Jan. 1833 enclosing a copy of their answer to the 'reclamations' of Hussein Bey of 10 Jan.

At fol. 1 is a list of letters and dispatches received by Baker, 12 Sept. 1830-4 Aug. 1831, bound into the folder.


Various papers, 1830-6
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 267
Extent: i + 31 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • volume of accounts of the expenses of the Boundary Commission 'in 22 abstracts', 1830-6. At fol. 29 rev. is a 'register of sums drawn for on England', 1830-4. ii + 30 leaves
  • loose accounts, including a 'closing account with John Green of Nauplion', Mar. 1836. 3 items
  • rough notes for the boundary map. 2 items
  • report of Captain Francis Dunne, an officer of the Greek Boundary Commission, of an expedition made from Missolonghi, 15 Aug.-4 Dec. 1834. At fol. 29 is Dunne's description of the route from Misslonghi to Vrachori.

B   Private papers

B.1   Journals, 1830-5

B.1.1   Journal kept by Colonel Baker for most of the period 27 Mar. 1830-2 July 1835

Shelfmarks: Dep. e. 52-9


27 Mar. 1830-5 Mar. 1831
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 52
Extent: iii + 59 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fols. 55v, 54v is a list of letters written by Baker, Aug. 1830-June 1831, and at fol. 56v a list of letters received Sept. 1830-Apr. 1831.


6 Mar.-13 June 1831
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 53
Extent: iii + 70 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fol. 17 are statistical notes on Malta.


14 June-18 Nov. 1831
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 54
Extent: iv + 85 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fols. iiv, 82v is a list of letters written and received, 2 July-7 Nov. 1831.


4 Mar.-16 Sept. 1832
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 55
Extent: iv + 76 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fol. 70v is a list of letters written and received during this period.


17 Sept.-15 Dec. 1832
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 56
Extent: iii + 85 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 79v, 81v) lists of letters written and received during this period.


16 Apr.-15 June 1833, 17 Apr.-8 May 1834
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 57
Extent: i + 54 leaves

1 Sept.-30 Nov. 1834
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 58
Extent: 30 leaves

18 Apr.-2 July 1835
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 59
Extent: i + 59 leaves

Scope and Content:

At fol. 41 is a sketch map of the Dardenelles showing gun batteries.

B.1.2   Journal of Mrs. C.J. Baker for most of the period 1 Jan. 1832-3 May 1836,

Shelfmarks: Dep. e. 60-4


Balls Park, Hertfordshire, and Corfu, 1 Jan.-9 Sept. 1832
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 60
Extent: ii + 52 leaves

Corfu, 9 Sept. 1832-31 May 1833
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 61
Extent: ii + 65 leaves

Zacynthus (Zante), 1 May-1 Dec. 1834
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 62
Extent: ii + 33 leaves

Nauplion (Nauplia), 1 Apr.-16 Dec. 1835
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 63
Extent: ii + 35 leaves

Athens, Nauplion and London, 7 Dec. 1835-3 May 1836
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 64
Extent: i + 73 leaves, 42-73 blank

B.2   Correspondence and a few other miscellaneous personal papers, mainly 1826-36

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 268-70, d. 215-17, f. 26


Family letters from Colonel Baker, many of them to Mrs. Baker, 31 Mar. 1830-22 Nov. 1831
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 215
Extent: 181 leaves

Scope and Content:

Numbered and mounted in a guard-book, with (fol. 1) a list of contents in the hand of Mrs. Baker. At fol. 176 is another list of family letters from Colonel Baker, and of (fol. 178v) letters from Mrs. Baker to him, Aug. 1830-Nov. 1831.


Similar guard-book containing letters from Colonel Baker to Mrs. Baker, 29 May 1832-20 Jan. 1836
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 216
Extent: i + 155 leaves

Scope and Content:

Numbered 1-53, with (fol. iv) a list of contents in Mrs. Baker's hand. The list of contents is continued in Colonel Baker's hand with a list of other family letters, 1832-6, numbered 54-97 but these were not mounted in this volume and are now Dep. c. 268 below.


Similar guard-book containing letters from Mrs. Baker, mainly to her mother, Mrs. Barker, 8 Mar. 1832-29 Apr. 1836
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 217
Extent: 117 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fol. 1) a list of contents in Mrs. Baker's hand.


Baker letters, 1828-36
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 268

Scope and Content:
  • 8 letters (one incomplete) to Mrs. Baker from relatives, 1828-31
  • letters from Colonel Baker to his brother Captain T. R. Baker and to his mother, 3, 13, Sept. 1830
  • letters from Colonel and Mrs. Baker written from Greece to relatives, 4 Sept. 1832-27 Feb. 1836, numbered 54-97 and listed in Dep. d. 216 above

A letter from Colonel Baker to his mother, dated 11 Feb. 1834, numbered 66, is missing.


Letters to Colonel Baker, 14 Apr. 1831-8 Mar. 1836
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 269
Extent: 294 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly from Colonel A. de Scalon, the Russian Commissioner, and Lieutenant-Colonel J. Barthelemy, the French Commissioner, with, from 1834 onwards, some from Lieutenant W.C.B. Wilson, and Captain Francis Dunne, Baker's assistants. At fol. 151 is a medical report on Wilson and Dunne by Dr. Zehlex at Carpenisi, Nov. 1834.


Other papers of Colonel Baker, 1809-49
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 270
Extent: 100 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (folder 1) papers relating to his military appointments, 1809, 1826-8, 1836, 1848, including
    • (fols. 3, 14, 18) letters to Baker from Sir Howard Douglas, 1826, William, 3rd Earl Harcourt, 1827, and Sir John Byng, 1828
    • (fol. 16) copy of a letter from Harcourt to Sir Willoughby Gordon, 1827
    • (fols. 7, 20) copies of a 'memorial' from Baker to the Duke of Wellington, 1827, and of a letter from him to Lord Palmerston, 1836
    • (fol. 24) Baker's appointment as a cornet, 1809
    24 leaves
  • (folder 2) topographical and historical notes on Greece including
    • (fol. 1) notebook entitled 'notes on Greece in 1829' by Edward Lewis
    • (fol. 25) notes on members of the Greek Government in the same hand, said (fol. 33v) to have been compiled by - Ley and communicated to 'J. Alcock, M. P.,' [recte Thomas Alcock] when he was in Greece in 1829
    • (fol. 35) 'Notices of devastations on the Greek frontier, 1832', in French
    • (fol. 68) lists of British Squadrons in the Mediterranean, Oct. 1830 and 1831
    • (fol. 70) valuation of the fisheries in the Gulf of Arta, 1833, in Italian
    • (fol. 72) report of a journey of Nicola Zallacostas from Corfu to Zante, Modon and Calamata, and back again, in Italian, n.d.
    72 leaves
  • (folder 3) miscellaneous papers
    • (fol. 1) single sheet containing a journal of Baker's during a visit to Athens, July-Aug. 1835
    • (fols. 2-3) copy of an agreement for a lease of 31 Grosvenor Place, Bath, to Baker, 1849
    • (fol. 4) medical recipe headed 'Mr. Legg', n.d.
    4 leaves

Itinerary book of 24 routes in North Greece
Shelfmark: Dep. f. 26
Extent: iv + 172 pages

Scope and Content:

In the hand of Colonel Baker in similar form to those published by Sir William Gell for other parts of Greece (see Dep. f. 27 below). At page 166 is a list of the routes described.

C   Printed papers and maps

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 271-2, d. 218, f. 27


Protocols of conferences held in London relative to the affairs of Greece [nos. 30-51], 1832
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 271

Scope and Content:

Presented to both Houses of Parliament by command of His Majesty, bound up with earlier papers relating to the Greek boundary question, presented to Parliament in May and June 1830.


Frédéric Thiersch, De l'état actual de la Grèce et des moyens d'arriver à sa restauration, 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1833)
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 218

Sir William Gell, The itinerary of Greece containing one hundred routes in Attica, Boeotia, Phocis, Locris and Thessaly (London, 1827)
Shelfmark: Dep. f. 27

Miscellanea, 1835-53
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 272

Scope and Content:

Comprising

  • Additional papers relating to the third instalment of the Greek Loan, 1835-6, printed in Parliamentary papers, 1836, vol. L, pp. 589-632
  • General-Karte von der Europäischen Türkei, Berlin, 1853, mounted on cloth in two sections, east and west
  • Map of the Ottoman empire, the Black Sea, and the frontiers of Russia and Persia, by James Wyld, London, 9 Nov. 1853 (badly damaged)
  • Panoramic sketch of Athens by Mrs. Bracebridge, with descriptive notes, May 1836. Printed in Coventry and sold for the benefit of the Protestant Chapel at Athens
  • sketch map of the Gulf of Volo, n.d.

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