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Sir Edward Malet (October 10, 1837 – June 29, 1908), a career diplomat, was the husband of landowner Lady Ermyntrude Sackville Russell, the daughter of Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford, whose family had owned Bloomsbury since 1669. He served as attaché to his father in Frankfurt, then in Brussels before moving on to several high profile postings as Secretary of Legation at Peking (1871 – 1873), Athens (1873 – 1875), Rome (1875 – 1878), and Constantinople (1878 – 1879). In October 1879 he was appointed Consul-General in Egypt, it was on his briefings in 1882 that exaggerated the instability of the country’s ruler and advice to Gladstone’s Government that led to the Anglo-Egyptian War and the occupation by British forces.

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