[Daniel O'Connell, 'The Liberator', Irish politician who fought for Catholic emancipation.] Autograph Signature ('Daniel O'Connell') as part of autograph addressing of envelope to Joseph Sturge of Birmingham, with O'Connell's green armorial wafer.

Daniel O'Connell [Dónall Ó Conaill] (1775-1847), Irish political leader who campaigned for Catholic emancipation, referred to as The Liberator or The Emancipator, founder of the Catholic Association
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London; 26 February 1844.
SKU: 21882

On 8 x 10 cm panel, cut from the front of an envelope, with wafer on attached strrip of paper, and all laid down on piece of leaf cut from album. In good condition, lightly aged. At the time of writing O'Connell was Member of Parliament for County Cork. Rowland Hill had abolished the franking privilege in 1840, but the signature is at bottom left, as is customary with a frank. The item does not have a franking postmark, but rather a red 'petalled' circle, enclosing 'SUN | FE 25 | 1844'. Written with a steel-nib pen, the address reads: '1844 | London 26th. February | Joseph Sturge Esq | Birmingham | Daniel O'Connell'. The green wafer is a circle of 2cm diameter, on which is stamped in faded gilt O'Connell's crest of a stag in a field with shamrocks, with two stags as supporters, with his motto in Gaelic beneath.