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James Justinian Morier

Birth: 1780

Death:1849

James Justinian Morier (1780-1849) was an English traveller and author. He 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 1808-9.

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 1810 and 1816. 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 Ayesha the Maid of Kars (1834). Morier died at Brighton on the 23rd of March 1849.

References:

1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Volume 18. pg. 836.


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