[ Henry Drummond, politician and and apostle of the Irvingite Church. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'My dear Lord Bishop', appealing for support from the clergy in the forthcoming General Election.

Henry Drummond (1786-1860), banker, Member of Parliament, one of the founders of the Catholic Apostolic or Irvingite Church
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St. James's Place [ London ], on House of Commons letterhead. 6 April 1859.
SKU: 19985

2pp., 12mo. On leaf with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged. He begins by reminding him that he has 'generally announced to your Lordship, my intentions of standing for the County as soon as my canvass had begun'. He finds 'on the present occasion all the Dissenters most rabid against me for having fought the battle of Church Rates, Tythes & the necessity of a national Church, against Mr , Fox & Sir J. Trelawny'. Consequently he thinks he may 'fairly look for an equivalent support on that ground from the Clergy, whatever may be their lay politics.' He stresses that he does not have 'the smallest wish to commit you either to them or to me: but without doing this I shall be thankfull [sic] for any indirect help I can get; & I will not even give your Lordship the trouble of answer [sic] this letter.' For further information on this eccentric figure, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.?>