This series contains private and official papers of Charles, sixth Lord Howard de Walden, one of the Under Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs from July 1824 to June 1828. Consists of original correspondence (mainly private letters from various British representatives abroad) with Foreign Office memoranda and other papers, 1817 to 1834; and of a quantity of copies, translations and deciphers of despatches and private letters (presumably intercepted) exchanged between foreign governments and their diplomatic representatives, with a few private letters from individuals, 1824 to 1828.
For further papers relating to Lord Howard de Walden's posting to Belgium see FO 10
For papers of Lord Howard de Walden's grandfather, Lord Hervey, see FO 528
Charles Augustus Ellis, 6th Baron Howard de Walden; 2nd Baron Seaford, 1799-1868
Administrative / biographical background:
Charles Augustus Ellis, 6th Baron Howard de Walden and 2nd Baron Seaford, was born on 5th June 1799, the eldest son of Charles Rose Ellis MP and Elizabeth Hervey. It was through his mother that he succeeded to the title of Lord Howard de Walden. He was educated at Eton and took his seat in the House of Lords in 1820 on reaching his majority.
After a short career in the Grenadier Guards, he became a precis writer for the Foreign Office from 1822 until 5 July 1824. He was Under Secretary of State for foreign affairs from then until 1828. During this period, in January 1826, he was sent as attaché with Lord Stuart de Rothesay's mission to Rio de Janeiro.
In September/October 1832 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the court of Stockholm. In November 1833 he moved to Lisbon in the same capacity. He remained in this post for 13 years until 10 December 1846 when he was appointed minister plenipotentiary to Brussels, where he was to stay until his death on 29th August 1868.
He married Lady Lucy Cavendish Bentinck daughter of the 4th Duke of Portland.
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