[ Walter Long, 1st Viscount Long, as President of the Board of Agriculture. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Walter H. Long') to Sir Richard Harington, on proposed measures to 'exterminate Rabies & Hydrophonbia'. With draft reply by Harington.

Walter Long [ Walter Hume Long ], 1st Viscount Long [ Lord Long ] (1854-1924), Conservative politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
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Both Long's letters on letterhead of the Board of Agriculture, 4 Whitehall Place, S.W. [ London ]. 2 September 1897 and undated [ received 11 September 1897 ]. Harington's draft letter from 'W[hitborne]. C[ourt]. W[orcester].' 8 September 1897.
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The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Long to Harington, 2 September 1897. 2pp., 12mo. He thanks him for his 'courteous letter' and is sending 'another memo. dealing with points raised by you'. He continues: 'We, of course, do not imagine that our orders and procedure are beyond criticism or are faultless - but we are supported by the Committee, & by the large majority of experts. No doubt there are weak spots as there must be in any such Policy, but if we can exterminate Rabies & Hydrophobia we shall not mind having incurred some unpopularity.' TWO: Long to Harington, undated but marked by the latter as received 11 September 1897. 3pp., 12mo. He thanks him for his 'most kind & most generous reply' to his last letter: 'I know well there is nobody in the country whose experience & judgment in matters of Local or Magisterial work is riper or more to be relied upon than yours. I hope we may secure the end we have in view very soon & so be able to withrdaw these vexatious restrictions & if I can carry my amending Bill next Session, as I hope to do, I believe with you, that the collar & badge will be a most effective protection.' THREE: Autograph Draft of letter from Harington to Long, 8 September 1897, signed with initials. 3pp., 12mo. Closely written, with deletions and emendations. A considered reply to Item One above. From the Harington family papers.