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Communication concerning Ernest Abbott’s receiving from the Greek King the ‘Royal order of the Saviour’ in 1901 (aged 58).
The signature next to the royal seal, is that of King George Ist of the Hellenes (=Greeks).
A letter written in support of Mr Abbott’s awarding of this decoration
This letter is written by a certain Greek named St. A. Antonopoulos, is addressed to Mr. Athos Romanos, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Greek Government in 1900, and the subject seems to be the backing up of the writer’s predecessor’s proposal to honour Ernest Abbott with the golden cross of the Saviour Royal Order.
Mr Abbott is described as a reputable member of the Smyrnaean society, highly esteemed by the local authorities and the foreign consuls. He was operating some very important emery quarries in the Aydın Vilayet [Greater Smyrna district], employing 100 Greek workers and clerks. Another detail is that in every festive occasion held for fund-raising on behalf of the institutions of the Greek community (schools, hospitals and churches I assume), he and his wife were always giving all their moral support for their success. So, the Greeks considered him almost a member of their community.
Note: It appears that Mr St. Antonopoulos was the Greek ambassador in Berlin in 1893 while Romanos was the one in London. Perhaps by 1900 he was in Constantinople or Smyrna that is why he is aware of Abbott’s position and whereabouts? -
Translation from Greek courtesy of Achilleas Chatziconstantinou, May 2007.