Scope and Content
Title: Edward Wortley Montagu ,
Date (inclusive): 1729-1837
Collection number: Special Collections M0279
Montagu, Edward Wortley, 1713-1776.
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[Identification of item] Edward Wortley Montagu , M0279, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Edward Wortley Montagu (1713-1776), was the only son of the celebrated letter-writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, His career
was notorious throughout Europe: he had contracted two bigamous marriages, fought at Fontenoy, was one of two represented
Britain at Aix-la-Chapelle, sat as Member of Parliament for Huntingdon, acquired a remarkable proficiency in Arabic and other
tongues, appeared in London
salons dressed in a wig of iron, and then turned Turk. In Egypt from 1762, he met the Danish Consul, John Feroe. and his wife and
being attracted to the latter, persuaded Feroe to go to Europe, told Caroline Feroe that her husband had been drowned and
married her himself. However, Feroe returned to Egypt and Montagu had to reassure the Roman Catholic Mrs. Feroe that he would
adopt her persuasion, which would invalidate her marriage to the Protestant Consul.
Then, pursued by the Dane and accompanied by his secretary, Nathaniel Davison, the couple set off on an enforced honeymoon,
following the supposed route of the Exodus to Mt. Sinai and thence to Jerusalem, where Montagu was received into the Church
of Rome. Assisted by Davison, he later published an account of this journey for the Royal Society. Davison later became British
Consul at Nice and Tangiers, although he still kept up a correspondence with Montagu; while the latter remained some time
in Egypt where it is said he married a Nubian girl called Ayesha, by whom he had a son. He ended his days living as a Turk
in Padua, declaring to the priest at his deathbed that he died a good Mussulman and repeating to his son, Fortunatus, in Arabic:
Elhamdulillah - May God be Praised.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, primarily between Montagu and his secretary, Nathaniel Davison (1764-1779), journals and notebooks, and miscellaneous
documents and letters.