|The Right Honourable
Sir Edward Malet, 4th Bt
|Consul-General in Egypt|
|Preceded by||Frank Lascelles|
|Succeeded by||Sir Evelyn Baring|
|Born||10 October 1837|
|Died||29 June 1908(aged 70)|
|Spouse(s)||Ermyntrude Sackville Russell|
|Known for||Malet Memorial Hall|
Edward Malet came from a family of diplomats; his father was Sir Alexander Malet, British minister to Württemberg and later to the German Confederation. After three years at Eton College, Edward Malet entered the foreign service at the age of 17. He served as attaché to his father in Frankfurt, then in Brussels.
He served as Secretary of Legation at Peking (1871–73), Athens (1873–75), Rome (1875–78), and Constantinople (1878–79). Malet formed close ties with Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II ("Abdul the Damned") during 1878, the year of the Treaties of San Stefano and Berlin.
Malet was appointed Agent and Consul-General in Egypt on 10 October 1879. He served there until 1883, pressing for administrative and financial reforms. He was at first sympathetic to Ahmed Orabi's demand for constitutional government. However, historians John Galbraith and Afaf al-Sayyid-Marsot write that after British-French Joint Note was sent to the Egyptian government, Malet gradually began to support the plans of the Gladstone Cabinet to intervene in Egypt, writing on 13 February 1882, "I am prejudiced against the Nationalists.":476–478 He served a crucial role in the decision of Gladstone's Cabinet to invade Alexandria when he sent a telegram to the Cabinet that both exaggerated the instability of the Khedive's rule in Egypt and also advised the British government to conduct a naval demonstration off Alexandria.:477 (see 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War). Galbraith and al-Sayyid-Marsot describe him as having been naive, in that he hoped the British would attempt to militarily intimidate Urabi, though he never expected an actual attack or occupation by British forces:478 He later served as Minister to Belgium (1883–84), and Ambassador to the German Empire (1884–95).
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- Elleray 2004, p. 3
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