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Graham Greene - James Marjoribanks collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS130

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This small collection consists of 9 original letters from celebrated British author Graham Greene to Sir James Marjoribanks, KCMG, concerning fundraising and site location for a memorial for Robert Louis Stevenson. An admirer of Stevenson's works, Greene was also the novelist's kinsman through his mother, Marion Raymond, who was Stevenson's cousin. The correspondence refers to the sale of a manuscript that Greene gave to the Robert Louis Stevenson Trust, of which Sir James was a director, in order that any profits could be used for the memorial. This was the manuscript for an essay Greene wrote about a journey he made in 1957 to China, first published in The Times, London, 1985, entitled, 'A Weed Among the Flowers.' The manuscript was subsequently bought by Georgetown University Library, and along with it, the pertinent correspondence between Greene and Sir James. Included are copies of three letters from Sir James to Greene, and a carbon of a letter from Sir James to the editor of the newspaper, 'The Scotsman' concerning the location of the Stevenson memorial.

Abbreviations used include: ALS autograph letter AMs autograph manuscript TL typed letter TLS typed letter signed


  • 1985-1986

Collection-level Access Restrictions

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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Sir James Alexander Milne Marjoribanks, KCMG 1965 (CMG 1954) was born May 29, 1911, the son of Rev. Marjoribanks and Mary Ord. He was educated at Merchiston; the Edinburgh Academy; and Edinburgh University where he received his Master's and won First Class Honors. In 1934, Sir James entered the British foreign service. His long career included postings around the world to China, France, the U.S., Australia, and Germany, among others. From 1962 to 1965 he was assistant under-secretary of state in the British Foreign Office; from 1965 to 1971, he was ambassador and head of the U.K. delegation to the European Community; the European Atomic Energy Community; and the European Coal and Steel Community.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Slim Document Case)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057