This series contains original correspondence and draft letters, memoranda, foreign newspaper cuttings, etc, of Sir William White, consul general in Serbia, minister at Bucharest and ambassador at Constantinople. They relate chiefly to affairs in Turkey and the Near East.
For further records of White's posting to Romania, see FO 104
Volumes 7 to II were presented to the Foreign Office in 1958 by Mr J A B Palmer of 46 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2, the executor of Captain W A de Geijer in whose possession they had been, until his death in 1954.
Administrative / biographical background:
Sir William Arthur White was born in 1824, the son of Arthur White, a consular official and Eliza Neville. He was educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge.
White entered the consular service in March 1857 as clerk to the consul-general in Warsaw, and became vice-consul in 1861. In November 1864 he became consul at Danzig, and in 1875 transferred to Serbia as British agent and consul-general. He was there during the Serbo-Turkish war, the Constantinople Conference at which he assisted, and then the Russo-Turkish war. On 3 March 1879 he went to the new state of Romania as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Bucharest.
On 18 April 1885 he was appointed envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Constantinople, and on 11 October 1886 he was confirmed as special ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Constantinople. His last post was as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Sultan of Turkey from 1 January 1887 until 1891.
He married in 1867 Katherine Rendzior of Danzig. He died on 28 December 1891 in Berlin.
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