[ Moisey Ostrogorsky ] Two substantial Autograph Letters Signed M. Ostrogorski to Mr Symonds [Arthur G. Symonds, secy, National Reform Union], discussing papers Symonds has lent him (1889) and (1902) help Symonds gave him for his latest book.

Author: 
Moisey Ostrogorsky [ Moisey Yakovlevich Ostrogorsky (1854 -1921), politician, political scientist, historian, jurist and sociologist ]
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London, 10 Keppel Street | Russell Square | 4 August 1889 AND Paris, 132 rue d'Assas, 5 December 1902.
£850.00
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LETTER ONE (1889): Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, closely written, fold mark, first page foxed but text clear and complete. He expalins how he missed seeing him on friday at length (did not find my people at the Reform Club etc). I was obliged, to my deepest regret, to give up my visit to Manchester. Still I am very glad that I enjoyed your conversation on Thursday. He is not certain whether he'll be able to see him in Manchester so I am now more inclined to accept your kind offer to answer my questions by writing. It is a heavy tax upon your amiability, but the temptation is too strong for me not to make use of your kind suggestion. Thus, when you will have nothing worse to do [phrase underlined], please drop me some lines. I did not include in my queries thsi point: what considerations moved the Nat. Reform Union to change its definite program for a more general one; the several opinions about the question; I believe John Bright objected to it. | You will extremely oblige me by sending me several cuttings & papers from your archives which could be useful to me. I will retrun them as soon as possible. The papers which you gave me on Thursday will be sent back to your office on tuesday [sic] - the final postday. In the cuttings and papers mentioned above could you perhaps include copies of the papers pasted in your scrapbook. I will take the greatest care of all these papers & they will come back to Haworth's Buildings quite safe. | I have only two words to add: Pardon et merci!. LETTER TWO (1902): Three pages, 12mo, bifolium, fold mark, closely written, some dusting but text clear and complete. After many delays my book on the political parties is going to be brought out and I am sending you a copy of the original edition, which will suit so excellent a French scholar as you are better than the translation however well done. Though you will find in my Preface to the book a reg-ference to the assistance you have given me, I cannot content myself with that acknowledgment of my gratitude towards you. It is with me a real necessity to address you longer and more effusively than one can do in a Preface. He reminisces about their first meeting in Manchester, and Symonds hospitality. From that very moment you have tebdered me your assistance in my political enquiries and you continued it to me for years. That assistance was to me of the highest value and of the greatest benefit. My book is really under heavy obligations to you. And I may add that seldom has a political inquirer had such a pleasure in being loaded with obligations as I had twoards you: the particular reason of thjis is that I found in you not so much a politician as a literary man full of the lofty aspirations with which one is inspired by literature and with the generous sympathy for any work which sincerely tends to inclrease the knowledge and to influence the conduct of men for the better, how modest one's resources me be. | Now you will be one of my judges, and one whose opinion I attach the highest importance, but thinking of you I cannot help to think only of the past: my feelings of gratitude rivet me to it, what you have done for me is enough to absorb my thought [etc etc]. Note: Presumably Ostrogorsky had been working on his seminal book, Democracy and the Organization of Political Parties (Translated from the French by F. Clarke) since 1889 when, as the first letter makes clear, Symonds provides research materials, Ostrogorsky eventually publishing in 1902. See Wikipedia: Ostrogorski's main work is La democratie et l'organisation des partis politiques. He noted behavioural determinism in organisational structure: As soon as a party, even if created for the noblest object perpetuates itself, it tends to degeneration, which influenced the later researches of Max Weber, Robert Michels, and Andre Siegfried.Ostrogorski is also the author of a book that is about the equality of the sexes: La Femme au point de vue du droit public.