Guide to the Edward Wortley Montagu , 1729-1837

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Guide to the Edward Wortley Montagu , 1729-1837

Collection number: M0279

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
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Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1977
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edward Wortley Montagu ,
Date (inclusive): 1729-1837
Collection number: Special Collections M0279
Creator: Montagu, Edward Wortley, 1713-1776.
Extent: .5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

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Provenance

Donative purchase, 1976.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Edward Wortley Montagu , M0279, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), was the only son of the celebrated letter-writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, His career was notorious throughout Europe: he had contracted two bigamous marriages, fought at Fontenoy, was one of two represented Britain at Aix-la-Chapelle, sat as Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, acquired a remarkable proficiency in Arabic and other tongues, appeared in London salons dressed in a wig of iron, and then turned Turk. In Egypt from 1762, he met the Danish Consul, John Feroe. and his wife and being attracted to the latter, persuaded Feroe to go to Europe, told Caroline Feroe that her husband had been drowned and married her himself. However, Feroe returned to Egypt and Montagu had to reassure the Roman Catholic Mrs. Feroe that he would adopt her persuasion, which would invalidate her marriage to the Protestant Consul.
Then, pursued by the Dane and accompanied by his secretary, Nathaniel Davison, the couple set off on an enforced honeymoon, following the supposed route of the Exodus to Mt. Sinai and thence to Jerusalem, where Montagu was received into the Church of Rome. Assisted by Davison, he later published an account of this journey for the Royal Society. Davison later became British Consul at Nice and Tangiers, although he still kept up a correspondence with Montagu; while the latter remained some time in Egypt where it is said he married a Nubian girl called Ayesha, by whom he had a son. He ended his days living as a Turk in Padua, declaring to the priest at his deathbed that he died a good Mussulman and repeating to his son, Fortunatus, in Arabic: Elhamdulillah - May God be Praised.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, primarily between Montagu and his secretary, Nathaniel Davison (1764-1779), journals and notebooks, and miscellaneous documents and letters.

Container List

Folder 1

E.W. MONTAGU TO NATHANIEL DAVISON (1764-74)

Physical Description: (31 items)
 

1. 1764, Feb. 11.ALS. Antoura.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

2. 1764, Feb. 13-15.ALS. [with ND's reply]. Rosetta.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

3. 1764. Feb. 15-17.ALS. [with ND's reply]. Rosetta.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

4. 1764, March 19.ALS.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

5. 1764, March 23.ALS. Rosetta.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

6. 1764. May 21.ALS. Damascus.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

7. 1764, Oct. 3.ALS. On exhibit, 5/77.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

8. 1764, Dec. 30.ALS. [enclosures #9, 10].

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

9. 1764, Sept. 17.ALS. [enclosure to #8] [to Marsand in Italian].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

10. 1764, Sept. 17.A cover [to #9]. [to Marsand, Venetian Consul Gen].

Physical Description: 1 side.
 

11. 1765, Feb. 2.ALS. Antoura.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

12-13. fair copies of #11.

 

14. 1765, March 27.ALS. Beirut.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

15. 1765, April 19.ALS. [enclosure #16]. Beirut.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

16. N.D.ALS. to Lord Sandwich. [enclosure to #15].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

17. 1766, June 5.ALS.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

18. 1766, June.ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

19. 1766, July 19.ALS. Bagni di Lucca.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

20. 1766, Sept. 27.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

21. 1766, Oct. 20.ALS. Isola in Istria.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

22. 1767, Feb. 8.ALS. Ragusa [Dubrovnik].

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

23. 1767, Apr. 15.ALS. Zante.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

24. 1772, Dec. 21.ALS. Rosetta.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

25. 1773, June 21.ALS. Leghorn. [Livorno].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

26. 1773, Aug. 20.ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

27. 1773, Dec. 8.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

28. 1774, Feb. 27.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

29. 1774, Aug. 13.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

30. 1774, Sept. 23.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

31. 1774, Oct. 20.ALS. Venice.

Physical Description: 1 side.
Folder 2

E.W. MONTAGU TO NATHANIEL DAVISON (undated)

Physical Description: (9 items)
 

1. Thursday night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

2. Wednesday evening. ALS.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

3. Monkey night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

4. Saturday night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

5. Monday night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

6. ALS.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

7. Friday night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

8. ALS.

Physical Description: 7 sides.
 

9. Thursday night. ALS. Pisa.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
Folder 3

E.W. MONTAGU, OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE

Physical Description: (1 item)
 

1. 1765, Feb. 23.ALS. Beirut. To Botrus Aga, Abbot.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
Folder 4

CORRESPONDENCE TO E.W. MONTAGU (1764-66)

Physical Description: (5 items)
 

1. Grenville, H. [British Amb. to Ottoman Empire]. ALS. Dec. 22, 1764.[enclosure #2].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

2. Feroe, Jens. [Danish Consul to Egypt]. LS. [copy per H.G.]. Dec. 20, 1764.[encl. to #7].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

3. Watson, W. [Royal Society]. LS [copy]. June 12, 1766.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

4. Marsand, Gerolamo. [Venetian Consul in Cairo]. DS. Oct. 13, 1764.[passport].

Physical Description: 1 side.
 

5. Marsand, Gerolamo. [Venetian Consul in Cairo]. DS. Oct. 13, 1764.[ re marriage?].

Physical Description: 3 sides.
Folder 5

NATHANIEL DAVISON TO E.W. MONTAGU (1764-65)

Physical Description: (5 items)
 

1. 1764, Feb. 12.L [copy]. Alexandria.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

2. 1764, March 23.ALS. Alexandria.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

3. 1764, Oct. 8.ALS. Cairo.

Physical Description: 6 sides.
 

4. 1764, Oct. 17.ALS. Cairo.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

5. 1765, March 1.ALS. [letter of resignation].

Physical Description: 4 sides.
Folder 6

N. DAVISON, OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE (1764-79)

Physical Description: (11 items)
 

1. Davison, Mary. ALS. April 26, 1763.Port Mahon, Minorca.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

2. Davison, Polly. ALS. June 27, 1763.Alexandria.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

3. Davison, Polly. ALS. October 1763.Alexandria.

Physical Description: 4 sides,
 

4. Davison, William. ALS. Sept. 12, 1764.Cairo.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

5. Varsy, William. ALS. Sept. 16, 1764.Cairo. [In French].

Physical Description: 10 sides.
 

6. [Varsy, William.] Partial A. Draft of #5. [In French.]

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

7. Varsy, William. ALS. Sept. 23, 1764.Cairo. [In French] w/annot. by G. T[aylor] re transcription.

Physical Description: 11 sides.
 

8. Varsy, William. ALS. Nov. 19, 1764.Cairo. [In French].

Physical Description: 10 sides.
 

9. [White, William.] (Professor, Wadham College]. AL fragment. [N.D.]

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

10. White, [ J.]. [Professor, Wadham College]. AL. Oct. 10, 1779.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

11. [Adressee unknown - possibly Varsy]. ALS. N.D.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
Folder 7

CORRESPONDENCE to N. DAVISON (1764-66)

Physical Description: (7 items)
 

1. Breyer, J.. ALS. Nov. 21, 1766.Livorno.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

2. Feroe, John. [Danish Consul in Egypt]. ALS. March 24, 1765.Damiata.

Physical Description: 3 sides.
 

3. Feroe, John. [Danish Consul in Egypt]. ALS. April 24, 1765.[Saida?] Seyda.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

4. Feroe, John. [Danish Consul in Egypt]. ALS. June 21, 1765.Seyde [ sic - Saida?].

Physical Description: 7 sides.
 

5. Turnbull, Wm. ALS. May 10, 1764.Malta. [encl. #5].

Physical Description: 7 sides
 

6. [Enclosure to #5. Greek inscription].

 

7. White, J. [Professor, Wadham College]. ALS. Aug. 15, 1779.Oxford.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
Folder 8

JOURNALS & NOTEBOOKS

Physical Description: (5 items)
 

1. 1764, June 1_.E.W.M. [Sinai, Giza].

Physical Description: 21 pp. illus. 8vo.
 

2. 1763, August 1_ 1764. August. N.D.Egypt.

Physical Description: 116 sides. 8vo. (+4 loose sides].
 

3. 1764. August. N.D.w/portrait of E.W.N.

 

4. [1764]. N.D.w/drawing of date palm.

 

5. 1764. N.D.w/description of Great Pyramid

Physical Description: [2 loose sheets].
Folder 9

JOURNALS, NOTES AND NOTEBOOKS

Physical Description: (7 items)
 

1. 1763, Sept. 30.[Fred. Christ.]. Von Haven. [Lohich eu Arabie H.?]. Suez. [In French, to M. Napollon, Cairo?].

Physical Description: 20 sides.
 

2. 1763, Jan. 20.Frid. Christ. Von Haven [Lohich eu Arabie H?].

 

3. Inscriptions copied at Gebel el Mocatib or the Written Written Mountains in the Road to Mt. Sinai.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

4. 1764. Relation du Voyage du Mont Sinai. [w/ corrections]. Written by Consul Davison as an Lect from his own journal in the book marked Aug. 1763 to Aug. 1764Egypt.

Physical Description: 20 sides.
 

5. Draft account of Departure from Mount Sinai.

Physical Description: 24 sides.
 

6. Clean copy of #5. w/additional loose inscriptions.

Physical Description: 25 sides.
 

7. Account, presumably to Royal Society of Davison's Egyptian experiences.

Physical Description: 8 sides - folio.
Folder 10

MISCELLANEOUS DOCUMENTS RE N.D. 's MEDICAL CAREER, ETC.

Physical Description: (5 items)
 

1. 1809, June 16.Last will & testament of N. Davison. 2 sides & codicil dated Nov. 3, 1810.

Physical Description: (copy).
 

2. 1729, June 25.London. DS. [Admission to doctoral standing at London School of Medicine?].

 

3. 1733, Sept. -.London. DS. [Doctoral degree?].

 

4. 1729, May 27.DS. [William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester, grants medical license?].

 

5. 1732, July 3.D. [Wm. Frederick, Duke of Gloucester - similar to above #4].

Folder 11

MISCELLANY

Physical Description: (9 items)
 

1. 1787, Feb. 7.ALS. Sophia of Nieubourg. [Addressee unknown].

Physical Description: 1 side.
 

2. N.D. Copy of note attached to copy sent to Dr. Yelleroky of letter to Duc de Caulnes - fm. the words `delicate Nature too' - p. 220 of the series of papers sent to Dr. Y.

Physical Description: 2 sides.
 

3. 1837, May 26. List of books illustrative of English History - chiefly Biographical Histories.

Physical Description: 4 sides & cover.
 

4. AD. English historical royal chronology from AD 827-1199.

Physical Description: 1 side. folio.
 

5. A Poem. La Pastorella. [Italian].

Physical Description: 13 sides.
 

6. A Fragment of Play: Comedia Famosa.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

7. A translation from Latin inscription in Kirk [Church] of our blest lady of Laureto. c. 1635.

Physical Description: 1 side.
 

8. A. Epilogue of the Phornoro spoken at Westminster School.

Physical Description: 4 sides.
 

9. A. Fragment of verses re: Sir Isaac Pennington. Stauzas 10-18.

Physical Description: 4 sides.