[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister, as Chancellor of the Exchequer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W E Gladstone') to 'Mr. Biscoe', explaining his reason for refusing to approach the queen regarding obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged and worn, with short closed tears at head of both leaves. He is 'extremely concerned to hear that Mrs Harington & her children are insufficiently provided for', and while he would be happy to unite with her friends 'in any direct effort on her behalf', as far as obtaining an apartment at Hampton Court for her is concerned he is 'powerless', it being in the gift of the queen. 'Col. Phipps is I believe the proper medium for approaching her: but I always consider that her political advisers are the last persons who should attempt to interfere with or influence her purely personal bounty: and among those adverisers it is plain again that the last so to interfere should be the person holding my office, whose duty it is to regulate from time to time numerous questions of money arising between the Crown and the Exchequer and of course in regulating them to maintain a due regard to the interests of the public.' From the Harington family papers.