Sundry correspondence; letters from Sir Carl Meyer (1851-1922)
Sir Carl Ferdinand Meyer, 1st Baronet (1851-1922), was a British banker and mining magnate, born in Hamburg. Carl Meyer had joined N M Rothschild & Sons at New Court in 1871. He had worked for Behrens and Sons, Rothschild’s agents in his native Hamburg, from the age of 16. They had recommended Carl who gained the position by demonstrating his mastery of four European languages. Meyer worked at first for the Rothschild family as their chief clerk and negotiator with the De Beers mining group. He then went onto work for De Beers and became deputy chairman of the company. He was also governor of the National Bank of Egypt, and member of the board of numerous other mining companies. He was also a board member of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC). He became a naturalised British subject in 1877. In 1883 he married Adèle, daughter of Julius Levis of Hampstead, Meyer was a great patron of the arts.
Private papers (non-Rothschild): Sir Carl Meyer, correspondence, 1884-1916
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Photocopies of volumes of correspondence of Carl Meyer, 1884-1914, from the Meyer family private archive.