By David Dutton
Derby took up his appointment at an important interval of the struggle while army victory nonetheless appeared a way off. He turned an assiduous collector of data which he dictated into his diary each day. Derby’s embassy grew to become popular for its lavish hospitality. yet this was once faraway from being self-indulgence, for he firmly believed that wonderful was once the right way to win the boldness of his French affiliates and for that reason to procure info that might be of use in London. Derby’s diary offers vital insights into the kingdom of the conflict, the usually strained courting among Britain and France and the intrigues of French family politics.
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Extra info for Paris 1918: The War Diary of the British Ambassador, the 17th Earl of Derby
He acted as an agent for Lloyd George. Liberal MP 1900–10 and 1910–23. 4. General Maurice Duval (1869–1958). After the Armistice he became France’s Director of Military Aviation. 5. André Géraud (Pertinax) (1882–1956). Foreign affairs editor of the Echo de Paris, 1917–38. 6. The Easter Rising, 1916. 7. Aristide Briand (1862–1932). Ubiquitous figure of the Third Republic. Prime Minister eleven times (including 1915–17) and Foreign Minister on seventeen occasions. He was, as Adamthwaite has put it, ‘the archetypal figure of the regime; middleman and conciliator, ceaselessly forming and reforming coalitions’ (A.
Tursday, 23rd May Morning. Q. Estonian Government representative to France and friend came to see me. Why I do not know as there is nothing they wanted me to do. Afterwards luncheon given to me by Americans. Spoke in answer to the toast of my health. Think it went all right. 30. Count D’Aunay1 came to see me. He and his wife great friends of Clemenceau. He is however himself an interminable bore who promised he would drop in and see me whenever he had anything of interest to say. Judging by today’s conversation that will not be often.
Head of the British Military Mission in Paris, 1917–20. 8. Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930). British Foreign Secretary, 1916–19. 9. Jacques-Louis Dumesnil (1882–1956). French Under-Secretary of State for War, 1917–19. Tuesday, 21st May Luncheon. Charlie, Oliver, M. Zaharoff,1 General Thornton,2 M. Geraud, Colonel Leroy Lewis, Mr. Bridgeman3 and Mr. 4 Dinner. Duchess Camastre, M. Klotz,5 Madame Klotz, Mrs. J. Rothschild, Mr. Lambton, Mr. Phipps,6 Mrs. Phipps, Mr. Bliss,7 Charlie and Oliver. Air raid in evening.