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Blanckley family
Blanckley Family Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000820


Consists of family correspondence and documents of the Blanckley family, centering on Henry Stanyford Blanckley (1752-1820), British consul in Algeria and the Balearic Islands, and his children and grandchildren. Materials also document the Tonna, Philippides Cammenos, Androutsos, and Rogers families in Great Britain, Malta, the Balearic Islands, France, and Greece.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a group of assorted family papers of the Blanckley family, primarily relating to Henry Stanyford Blanckley (1752-1820), British consul in Algeria and the Balearic Islands, along with his children and grandchildren in Great Britain, Malta, the Balearic Islands, France, and Greece. While this group of materials centers around Blanckley and his descendents, the Tonna, Philippides Cammenos, Androutsos, and Rogers families are also represented. Materials follow three generations of the family from the early 1800s until the century's close and relate to subjects including British involvement in the Mediterranean, the Greek War of Independence, and the final years of the Napoleonic Wars.

Materials include correspondence between Henry Stanyford Blanckley and his children, Edward, Henry, Jr., and Maria Tonna; correspondence and documents of Maria Tonna, including letters from her sister-in-law Elizabeth Diana Blanckley and from various Rogers family members, as well as a school report card for one of her children; and correspondence and documents of Mary Louisa Philippides Cammenos, including letters from her brother, Lewis Hippolytus Joseph Tonna, and from various Greek and American consular officials, letters she wrote to her cousin Henriette Blanckley at Versailles, and her will. There are also single letters to the elder Lewis Tonna from a Spanish duke and to Henriette Blanckley. Additional documents include a list of family members of Odysseus and Tersitsa Androutsos and an unsigned seven-page poem about life in Malta. The majority of materials are in English, though several letters are written in French or Spanish.


Materials are grouped by family member.

Collection Creator Biography:

Henry Stanyford Blanckley (1752-1820) was an army officer who served as British consul in Algeria and the Balearic Islands. He married Mary Rogers in 1779, with whom he had three children: Maria Blanckley (later, Tonna), Edward Blanckley (d. 1845), and Henry Stanyford Blanckley, Jr. (1785-1819). In 1800, he married Mary Richards, with whom he had two more daughters, Elizabeth Blanckley (1802-1859), and Henrietta Blanckley (b. 1813).

Blanckley's youngest daughter, Elizabeth, who became known under her married name, Elizabeth Broughton, achieved literary fame in 1839 with the publication of her book Six Years Residence in Algiers, which was based on a diary her mother kept during the family's residence in the city. Both of Blanckley's sons achieved distinction in the armed services, Edward as a naval officer, and Henry, Jr., as an army officer who saw action at the Battle of Waterloo. Edward married Harriett Matcham (1799-1838), and Henry, Jr., married Elizabeth Diana Blanckley (d. 1859), with whom he had four sons and a daughter, Henrietta (Henriette) Elizabeth Blanckley (b. 1820), who became a teacher at Versailles in France.

Maria became known as Maria Tonna after marrying Lewis Tonna (d. 1828) of Liverpool, who served as Spanish vice-consul and joined his father-in-law as his secretary in Algeria. The Tonna family later made a home in Malta with their two children, Mary Louisa Tonna (later, Philippides Cammenos) and Lewis Hippolytus Joseph Tonna (1812-1857). Mary Louisa married Evangeli Philippides Cammenos, a native of Malta, in 1831. Her husband's half-brother was Odysseus Androutsos (b. 1788), a hero of the Greek War of Independence who was executed in 1825. Their sister, Tersitsa, was married at thirteen to Edward John Trelawny (1792–1881), who traveled to Greece with Lord Byron to fight on behalf of Greek independence. Lewis Hippolytus Joseph Tonna worked abroad as a translator and later returned to England to join the Royal United Services Institute. His fervent Protestant religious views brought him into contact with Charlotte Elizabeth Browne (1790-1846), the evangelical writer and social reformer, whom he married in 1841.

Collection History


Purchased in 2016 , with matching funds provided by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund (AM 2017-61).


Nothing was separated from the collection during 2016 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in November 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in November 2016.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Blanckley Family Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000820