Bryce, James, 1st Viscount

1909 ALS from notable British historian, diplomat & alpinist, condemned German Belgian and Ottoman Armenian atrocities

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(1838-1922) 1st Viscount Bryce, British jurist, historian and politician. Regius Professor of Civil Law 1870-1893 at Oxford, his reputation as a historian had been made as early as 1864 by his work on the Holy Roman Empire. Elected as Liberal MP 1880. Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 1886, joined Cabinet as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1892, President of the Board of Trade 1894. Chief Secretary for Ireland in Campbell-Bannerman's 1905 Cabinet. Ambassador to the US 1907-13. He was well known in the US for “The American Commonwealth” (1888), the 1st work in which US institutions were thoroughly discussed from the viewpoint of a historian and constitutional lawyer, and it became a classic. His “Studies in History and Jurisprudence” (1901) and “Studies in Contemporary Biography” (1903) followed. Fellow of the Royal Society 1894. He was a notable mountain-climber, ascending Mount Ararat in 1876, and publishing a volume on Transcaucasia and Ararat in 1877; he was president of the Alpine Club 1899-1901. Member of the Order of Merit 1907, created Viscount Bryce of Dechmount 1914. The 1915 Bryce Report on alleged German atrocities in Belgium was damning of German behavior and important in influencing American opinion against Germany before US entry into the War. Bryce also strongly condemned the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. He was first to speak of it in Parliament in October 1915 and, with Arnold J. Toynbee, produced a documentary record of the massacres, published by the British government in 1916 as “The Blue Book”. ALS on 8 ¼ x 5 ¼ "Hotel Cloyne Court/Berkeley, California" letterhead, March 25, 1909 letterhead, while British Ambassador to the US, to an unnamed correspondent. Bryce regrets he cannot find time to visit Southern California. Although he passed throuh on his way to Berkeley, he cannot return by Nordhoff, but sends thanks for an invitation.

Condition: Very good, slight roughness and tiny loss at top left corner, minor wrinkling lower right.
Type:Letter






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