Passports Of British Consul Arthur Woodhouse C.B.E.
This is a remarkable document lot of ARTHUR WOODHOUSE, ESQ, C.B.E., who held several posts as British Consul. It’s quite unusual to find such documents all related to one Consul, and this makes this document-lot special.
- One passport 1908 (him), issued at St.Petersburg
- One passport 1913 (him & wife), issued at St.Petersburg
- One passport 1912 (wife), issued in London
- One French appointment certificate 1906
(for the Island Saint Pierre and Miquelon signed by French President Armand Fallières)
- One British appointment certificate, Consul Gothenburg, signed King George V
- Three related documents
(Foreign Office 1911, Letter 1921 UK Ambassador Sweden, Certificate of CBE)
- One Webster pedigree
A total of nine papers and all are in excellent condition (the lineage has some small corner damage). King George’s appointment certificate is vast & representative!
1913 British Minister in Sweden at that time was Sir Colville Adrian de Rune Barclay, who informed Woodhouse by letter (included) that he received the CBE. Barclay wrote, “…it’s not suggested that you undertake the journey for the sole and express purpose to receive the decoration…”. Ambassador in St.Petersburg was then Sir George William Buchanan.
His 1913 passport also confirms in handwritten Russian language that:
“British national Arthur William Webster Woodhouse, Consul of His Britannic Majesty in Saint-Petersburg married a second marriage with a widow of state Councillor Maria Petrovna Voznesenskaya on this February 15th, 1913 in Voskresenskaya Church of Sergiy Brotherhood in Saint-Petersburg, in which the church’s seal affixed and witnessed.” of Voskresenskaya Church of Sergiy Brotherhood reverend Alexander Vasilevskiy parish clerk Vasiliy Shitov, Saint-Petersburg, 15th February 1913, № 82
Thanks to my fellow collector Albert V. for translating the Russian part and for the additional information on his biography