Catalogue of the papers of Charles Eastland de Michele, 1829-94, with family papers, 18th-20th cent.

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

2002

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence and papers of de Michele, 1829-93
    A.1  General Correspondence, including larger groups of letters from Lady Blessington, Count D'Orsay, W. Johnston(e), and Charles Kean, c.1834-93
    A.2  Correspondence and papers, 1829-80
B    Diaries, 1851-94
C    Family papers, mainly 18th-20th cent.


Papers of Charles Eastland de Michele, 1829-94, with family papers, 18th-20th cent.

Abstract:
Papers of Charles Eastland de Michele (1810-98), editor of the Morning Post, c.1834 to c.1844, British consul at St. Petersburg, 1849-54, 1856-66

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 667-86; Eng. misc. b. 431, c. 884-7, d. 1287, e. 1401-45, f. 855-6; Photogr. c. 2, d. 1, g. 1

Extent: 76 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Charles Eastland de Michele (1810-98), editor of the Morning Post from c.1834 to c.1844, British consul at St. Petersburg from 1849 to 1854 and again from 1856 to 1866.

Acquisition

The bulk of the papers was bequeathed, with MS. Photogr. b. 1, fol. 8, and galley-proofs of articles for the Morning Post, 'Table talk' by [William Johnston(e)] (transferred to the Department of Printed Books) by Beatrice Isabella Dorothy Thorburn, great grand-daughter of de Michele, 1984. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 678, c. 681, and some miscellaneous papers, all part of the original collection, were bought from Alicia Boyle and Patricia Hutchins, 1985.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. lett. c. 667, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Michele | Charles Eastland | De | 1810-1898 | journalist, consul at St Petersburg

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Morning Post | newspaper | London

Subjects (LCSH)

Diplomatic and consular service, British
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Russia
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1837-1901
Newspaper editors -- Great Britain

A   Correspondence and papers of de Michele, 1829-93

A.1   General Correspondence, including larger groups of letters from Lady Blessington, Count D'Orsay, W. Johnston(e), and Charles Kean, c.1834-93

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 667-77


À Beckett - Bentinck
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 667
Extent: 234 leaves

Bentley - Byron
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 668
Extent: 239 leaves

Cadogan - Cunningham
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 669
Extent: 160 leaves

Danvers - Exeter
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 670
Extent: 236 leaves

Farebrother - Hunt
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 671
Extent: 238 leaves

Inskipp - Kuhmer
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 672
Extent: 267 leaves

Labensky - Malmesbury
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 673
Extent: 159 leaves

Manby - Moscheles
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 674
Extent: 211 leaves

Napier - Ryves
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 675
Extent: 207 leaves

Sandeman - Sutherland
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 676
Extent: 214 leaves

Talleyrand - Young, and (fols. 172-203) unidentified writers
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 677
Extent: 203 leaves

A.2   Correspondence and papers, 1829-80

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. lett. c. 678-81; Eng. misc. c. 884


Papers relating to Napoleon III, 1840-80
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 678/1
Extent: 117 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly letters to de Michele from Napoleon III and secretaries, with copies of some letters from de Michele, 1842-72, and (fols. 102-117) newspaper cuttings relating to Napoleon III, 1854-80


Presentation copy from the Lord Mayor to de Michele of The address presented by the Corporation of the City of London, to... Napoleon iii... 1855 (London, 1855)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 678/2
Extent: 1 item

Scope and Content:

With a facsimile of Napoleon's reply, annotated on the end flyleaf by de Michele 'The Emperor's reply was prepared for him by C.E. de M. '


Letters from William Pitt Byrne (d. 1861), [1829], 1833-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 679
Extent: 169 leaves

Letters from William Pitt Byrne, 1838-43
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 680
Extent: 196 leaves

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 195-6) a printed obituary of Byrne.


Papers relating to the Morning Post, 1833-49
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 884
Extent: 152 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-7) memorandum by de Michele, c.1844, of his connection with the paper since 1834
  • (fols. 17-18) agreement of de Michele with T.B. Crompton for the purchase of paper, 1841
  • (fols. 19-69) legal correspondence relating to Byrne v. Michele, 1844-5
  • (fols. 95-107) schedules A and B of an answer in the case of Byrne v. Michele and others, containing
    • (fols. 95-105) detailed list of monies received and paid by de Michele 'on account of W. Byrne', 1834-7
    • (fols. 105-7) list of account books and papers used in the defendants' answer
  • (fols. 108-13) draft agreement between de Michele and Crompton for their proposed partnership in the Morning Post, with copies of their remarks on the agreement [wmk. 1845]
  • (fols. 114-46) cash accounts/balance sheets for the Morning Post, 1833-44

Letters to de Michele, kept as autographs and inserted in an album, 1819-88
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 681
Extent: 326 leaves

B   Diaries, 1851-94

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. misc. e. 1401-44


Scope and Content:

Contain intermittent diary entries and numerous commonplace entries, with copies of some letters to and from de Michele. Diary entries for 1-9 Jan. 1867 are entered under 17-24 May 1866.


1851
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1401
Extent: 119 leaves

1852
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1402
Extent: 90 leaves

1853
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1403
Extent: 198 leaves

1854
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1404
Extent: 168 leaves

1855
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1405
Extent: 136 leaves

1856
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1406
Extent: 146 leaves

1857
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1407
Extent: 170 leaves

1858
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1408
Extent: 196 leaves

1859
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1409
Extent: 209 leaves

1860
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1410
Extent: 195 leaves

1861
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1411
Extent: 193 leaves

1862
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1412
Extent: 194 leaves

1863
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1413
Extent: 199 leaves

1864
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1414
Extent: 207 leaves

1865
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1415
Extent: 174 leaves

1866
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1416
Extent: 184 leaves

1867
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1417
Extent: 222 leaves

1868
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1418
Extent: 252 leaves

1869
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1419
Extent: 196 leaves

1870
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1420
Extent: 175 leaves

1871
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1421
Extent: 188 leaves

1872
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1422
Extent: 184 leaves

1873
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1423
Extent: 147 leaves

1874
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1424
Extent: 194 leaves

1875
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1425
Extent: 249 leaves

1876
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1426
Extent: 211 leaves

1877
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1427
Extent: 214 leaves

1878
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1428
Extent: 214 leaves

1879
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1429
Extent: 198 leaves

1880
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1430
Extent: 205 leaves

1881
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1431
Extent: 210 leaves

1882
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1432
Extent: 369 leaves

1883
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1433
Extent: 311 leaves

1884
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1434
Extent: 309 leaves

1885
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1435
Extent: 298 leaves

1886
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1436
Extent: 309 leaves

1887
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1437
Extent: 376 leaves

1888
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1438
Extent: 366 leaves

1889
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1439
Extent: 382 leaves

1890
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1440
Extent: 374 leaves

1891
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1441
Extent: 358 leaves

1892
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1442
Extent: 379 leaves

1893
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1443
Extent: 364 leaves

1894
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1444
Extent: 365 leaves

Loose papers from the diaries
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 885
Extent: 252 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-67) loose leaves of diaries, 1851-88, including preliminary leaves from several volumes (containing the calendar for the year), marked and annotated by de Michele
  • (fols. 68-160) miscellaneous papers, 1852-93
  • (fols. 161-250) papers and letters concerning de Michele's finances, mainly relating to the Russia Company, with some printed items, 1854-84
  • (fols. 251-2) covers from de Michele's diary for 1840

C   Family papers, mainly 18th-20th cent.


Passport of de Michele, 1854
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. f. 855
Extent: 18 leaves, 4-18 blank

Probate of the will of Maria Sarah de Michele Nichols (C.E. de Michele, her nephew, being the executor), 1848
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. e. 1445
Extent: 1 item

Family correspondence and papers, 1809-1907
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 682
Extent: 161 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-25) papers of de Michele's father and family, 1809-37
  • (fols. 26-46) letters from de Michele to his parents, 1817-20, 1852-3, and to his brother, 1831
  • (fols. 47-67) correspondence of de Michele's wife Mary, 1845-1907
  • (fols. 68-93) letters of Charles L. de Michele, 1855-61
  • (fols. 96-161) letters to de Michele's daughter Nina, later Lloyd, mainly from her siblings, 1862-1904

Family letters, 1855-96
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 683
Extent: 186 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters to Nina de Michele from

  • (fols. 1-52) her mother, 1860, n.d.
  • (fols. 55-131) her father, 1859-96, with (fols. 53-4) one letter to him, 1855
  • (fols. 136-86) Vitale de Michele, 1858-84

Letters to de Michele from his son Cyril Troughton Stepney de Michele (1841-82), as naval cadet and later lieutenant, 1855-63
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 684
Extent: 187 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many written from the Far East, 1858-60, with

  • (fols. 134-50) letters relating to his career, 1854-65
  • (fols. 152-67) certificates of service, 1855-62
  • (fols. 168-79) certificates of qualification, 1855-62
  • (fols. 180-7) a few pages of diary and commonplace book, 1862

Papers of Vitale de Michele (1848-1906), civil engineer and inventor, mainly 1857-1910
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 886
Extent: 134 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-51) letters and papers, including obituaries of him, 1857-1906
  • (fols. 52-80) papers of his wife Beatrice, née Lake, 1869-1910, n.d.
  • (fols. 81-134) genealogical notes and papers mainly relating to the de Michele family, including silhouette portraits, 18th-20th cent.

Papers of Vitale de Michele relating to his work, 1867-1902, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 887
Extent: 107 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes a number of printed items, with (fols. 104-7) plans and designs.


Letters from Dorothy Mary Beatrice Thorburn (1884-1957), daughter of Vitale de Michele, to her mother Beatrice de Michele and her daughter Beatrice, 1919-June 1921
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 685
Extent: 155 leaves

Scope and Content:

The letters of 1920-1 are mainly written from India.


Letters from Dorothy Mary Beatrice Thorburn to her mother Beatrice de Michele and her daughter Beatrice, July 1921-1922
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 686
Extent: 184 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 75-127) diary entries, Oct.-Dec. 1921
  • (fols. 128-84) miscellaneous papers and letters to or about her, her husband and her daughter, 1884-1970

Passport of Dorothy Thorburn, 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. f. 856
Extent: 1 item

Autograph album, ruled and dated as a diary (no year) probably of Dorothy Thorburn, begun [c.1902?]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. d. 1287
Extent: 142 leaves

Scope and Content:

With quotations from Gilbert and Sullivan against each date, and (fol. 3) a photograph of W.S. Gilbert with quotation and signature, 1902.


Photographs, mainly of members of the de Michele family, 19th-20th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 2
Extent: 58 leaves

Autotype [of a member of the de Michele family?], 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. g. 1

Two photographs on porcelain of de Michele and his wife, [late 19th cent.]
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. d. 1/1-2

Outsize papers, 1849-99, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 431
Extent: 27 leaves
Arrangement: Chronological

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-2, 5-6) appointments of de Michele as consul, 1849, 1856
  • (fols. 3-4, 8-11) passports of de Michele and members of his family, 1854-66
  • (fols. 12-18, 21-2) printed Russian proclamations and documents, some completed in manuscript, 1853-66
  • (fols. 23-4) lithographic copy of de Michele's will, 1897

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