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Collection Level Description: Letter book of Sir Henry Ernest G. Bulwer

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.5
Title: Letter book of Sir Henry Ernest G. Bulwer
Dates of Creation: 1882-1885
Extent: 1 volume
Name of Creator: Henry Ernest G. Bulwer

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Henry Ernest Gascoyne Bulwer, CMG (1864) KCMG (1874) GCMG (1883), was born on the 11 December 1836. He was educated at Charterhouse, and Trinity College, Cambridge. Sir Bulwer was Official Resident in the Ionian Islands under the Lord High Commissioner (1860-1864); Private Secretary to his uncle, the Ambassador at Constantinople (1865), and Receiver-General of Trinidad (1866). He administered the Government of Dominica (1867-1869) and was Governor of Labuan and Consular-General in Borneo (1871-1875); Lieutenant-Governor of Natal (1875-1880); Governor of Natal and Special Commissioner for Zulu Affairs (1882-1885) and High Commissioner in Cyprus (1886-1892). Sir Bulwer died on the 30 September 1914.

Scope and Content

Letter book of Sir Henry Ernest G. Bulwer as Governor of Natal (1882-1885) and schedule of despatches from Bulwer to the Secretary of State (1882, 1883 and 1884).

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1931.

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Listed as no. 817 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

Publication Note

Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).

Access Points

Bulwer | Henry Ernest Gascoyne | 1836-1914 | Sir | Knight Colonial Governor

Governors | KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) | Correspondence

KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) | Officials and employees

Great Britain | Colonies | 19th century

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