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Asian Studies: General

The Papers of

Sir Ernest Mason Satow

Source

National Archives (U.K.)

Period

1856-1927

Content

45,004 images

Product Number

16162944

Product Code

GDSC-296

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.