Asian Studies: General
The Papers of
Sir Ernest Mason Satow
National Archives (U.K.)
Sir Ernest Mason Satow (1843–1929) was a legendary British diplomat, a key figure in East Asia
and Anglo-Japanese and Chinese relations. His diplomatic career began from 1862 in Japan
during its dramatic transformation from a feudal state to a modern nation, then continued
to Thailand, Uruguay, Morocco, Japan again, and lastly China at the turn of the 20th century.
This collection consists of Satow’s private, diplomatic and other correspondence, letter books,
diaries and papers that cover a period of over 65 years. With the exception of a few drafts
among those addressed to Lord Reay, the letters are all originals which appear to have been
returned to Sir Ernest Satow after the death of their several recipients.