[ William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal Prime Minister. ] Signature ('W E Gladstone') franking a letter addressed in autograph to Richard Harington of Whitbourne Court.
8 x 12.5 cm envelope, embossed with government crest on flap. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Laid out in the customary way: signed on front in the bottom left-hand corner 'W E Gladstone', and addressed in autograph to 'Richard Harington Esq | Whitbourne | Worcester.' The 'LONDON OFFICIAL' red circular frank is stamped over the address, with the Worcester postmark on the reverse. Docketed by Harington at head of front cover: 'Letter enclosed given to Mrs. Biscoe'. From the Harington family papers.