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JAMES MORIER (1780-1849)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 836 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JAMES MORIER (1780-1849), English traveller and author, was born in 1780. Through the influence of his uncle, Admiral William Waldegrave, Baron Radstock, he entered the diplomatic service, and as secretary to Lord Elgin followed the grand vizier in the Egyptian campaign. An account of his Eastern experiences was published in 1812, under the title A Journey through Persia, Armenia and Asia Minor to Constantinople in 18o8-9. From 1810 to 1816 he was the British representative at the court of Persia, and after his return he published A Second Journey through Persia to Constantinople between the years 810 and MI6. His knowledge of Eastern life and manners he also turned to account in the composition of several entertaining romances. The most popular of these were The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan (1824), The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England (1828), Zohrab the Hostage (1832), and A yesha the Maid of Kars (1834). Morier died at Brighton on the 23rd of March 1849•
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