Autograph Letter Signed, to Hyde Clarke, referring to the fogs, hoping to hear from the Council before his departure for Colombia. 3 pp, 6 x 4 inches. Thatched House Club, St James’s St., 11 November 1870. Albany de Grenier de Fonblanque (1830–1924), writer and diplomat. In 1853, he was called to the bar and entered the foreign service. Fonblanque served in a number of legal and judicial posts in Egypt and Constantinople and served as consul in Colombia and the United States before retiring in 1892. In the meantime, he wrote several novels beginning with The Man of Fortune (1859).