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Macedonia Troubles correspondence

Identifier: MS 0128
Finding aid note: Stored on-site at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of 31 letters in one folder, dated variously between 1882-1913, regarding the troubles in Macedonia, written to A. G. Symonds and others of the National Reform Union; letters are from Noel Buxton, G.O. Trevelyan, J. Biggar, Gladstone, Goldwin Smith, Lord Hugh Cecil, the Bishop of London (“deplorable state of things in Macedonia”); Montagu Butler, Earl Grey (“I fear that separate action of the British Government alone would be useless or worse”), R.B. Haldane (“public opinion is apathetic”), Drummond Wolff (“We are bound by our action in 1878 to secure the well-being and the freedom of the Christian and Non-Muslim populations of Turkey”), Hensley Henson, James Bryce, M. Javid, Turkish Statesman; The Archbishop of Canterbury; Randall Davidson (to the Bishop of Worcester condemning the outrages in the Balkans).


  • Creation: 1882 - 1913


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Macedonia troubles correspondence, MS 128, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

Arthur G. Symonds was the Secretary of the National Reform Union in London, England during the time these letters were received. After the revival of Greek, Serbian, and Bulgarian statehood in the 19th century, the Ottoman lands in Europe that became identified as Macedonia, were contested by all three governments, leading to the creation in the 1890s and 1900s of rival armed groups who divided their efforts between fighting the Turks and one another. In 1912, the allied Balkan states of Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro declared war against Turkey.

A portion of this brief sketch was excerpted from wikipedia, accessed on July 9, 2008,


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This is a collection of 31 letters dated variously between 1882-1913, regarding the troubles in Macedonia, written to A. G. Symonds and others of the National Reform Union.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in July 1961 on the recommendation of Rice History Professor Hardin Craig.

Guide to Macedonia troubles correspondence, 1882-1913
Marie Bannon
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA