James Finn: Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Jerusalem Between 1846 and 1863

In James Finn’s own words, it was ‘one of those strange incidents in human life which God’s provi? dence brings about beyond all possibility of human calculation’ which brought him as a young boy to the notice of the religious and philanthropic the Hon. John Charles Villiers, afterwards the 3rd Earl of Clarendon. This set him from humble beginnings on the course which led him, as Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul at Jerusalem and all Palestine, to the peak of his career. He filled the post from 1846 to 1863 at a most interesting period of Britain’s participation in the affairs of the Holy Land and the Near East – a period which James Finn detailed in a daily record for his own use, from which we learn much of both the man himself and his involvement with the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. This record is distinct from

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