Duff, Mountstuart Grant ___ 1829-1906 ___ British ___ civilservant, politician

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff was elected the Liberal MP for Elgin in 1857, and, between 1868 and 1880, served as Under Secretary of State for India and then for the Colonies under Gladstone. Between 1881 and 1886, he was Governor of Madras. On returning to Britain he was knighted. Between 1876 and 1897, Duff owned York House in Twickenham, and was host to many famous writers and politicians of the time. His diaries are full of anecdotes and jokes, and are far too lightweight for Ponsonby who scornfully does not even bother to provide a single quotation.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1851-1901 ___ political society people travel nature India Palestine

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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
British Library, Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections - probably

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Notes from a Diary, kept chiefly in Southern India
Notes from a Diary: 1851-1872
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