CONSERVATIVE

[ Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, founder of the Primrose League. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Drummond Wolff') to 'Cavendish'

Author: 
Sir Henry Drummond Wolff (1830-1908), English diplomat in Spain and Egypt, Conservative Party politician, founder of the Primrose League, of Jewish descent
Publication details: 
Boscombe Tower, Bournemouth. 2 September 1876.
£90.00

For Wolff's various activities, see his long entry in the Oxford DNB. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with traces of grey paper mount adhering on blank reverse of second leaf. He has been 'shocked to find' that he did not answer Cavendish's letter when he was 'elected'. 'The fact was that at the time I was very seedy & had a heap of letters to write both to constituents & on other private business.

[ Henry Pelham-Clinton 4th Duke of Newcastle. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Newcastle'), subscribing for two copies of an 'Historical Dictionary'.

Author: 
Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle [ Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne ] (1785-1851), English nobleman and reactionary Tory politician
Publication details: 
Clumber [ Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire ]. 9 December 1829.
£45.00

1p,, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. After apologising for the delay to his answer, he states that he will be 'very happy to subscribe for 2 copies of your Historical Dictionary'. He concludes with thanks for the 'obliging expressions'. The recipient is not named, and may be John Griffith Mansford (c.1786-1863), whose 'Scripture Gazetteer; or, geographical and historical dictionary of places and people, mentioned in the Bible' was published in 1829, although the late date of Newcastle's letter makes that unlikely.

[ James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('James W Lowther'), on his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons, stating that he is not going to publish his reminiscences, considering it 'very improper'..

Author: 
James William Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater (1855-1949), Speaker of the House of Commons, 1905-1921
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 9 May 1921.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and folded twice. He states that he has 'no intention at present of writing or publishing any reminsicences', having always 'held a very strong view against the modern system of gentlemen who have been employed in official & confidential positions rushing into print the moment they have left their situations.' For Lowther's career see his entry in the Oxford DNB. In 1921 he retired as speaker, on being created Viscount Ullswater and appointed GCB.

[ Lord George Hamilton, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter in the third person to Percy Noble, recommending Ernest Peeke as a footman.

Author: 
Lord George Hamilton (1845-1927), British Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1885-1886, and Secretary of State for India, 1895-1903
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Deal Castle, Deal. 25 February 1910.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Hamilton can 'confidently recommend' Peeke 'as a reliable honest & capable footman. He is very steady, a trifle slow at taking in <?> but remembers all he is told. He is a good valet. Lord George is sorry to lose him.'

[ Sir John Mowbray, Member of Parliament for Oxford University. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('J R Mowbray') to Lady Hunter, giving reasons why her friend 'Mr Wiles' should vote for Lord Chandos and the Conservatives in the forthcoming General Election.

Author: 
Sir John Robert Mowbray [formerly Cornish], 1st Baronet (1815-1899), Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Oxford University for over thirty years
Publication details: 
Warennes Wood [ Stratfield Mortimer, Berkshire ]. 28 June 1859.
£35.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He asks her to say, 'in answer to the enquiries of Mr. Wiles that Lord Chandos comes forward as a Member of the Conservative party & a supporter of Lord Derby in opposition to the heterogenous combination found under Lord Palmerston'.

[ Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Carnarvon') to 'Mr. Cubitt', regarding his 'list' and 'young Mr. Edmonds'

Author: 
Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890), Conservative politician, twice Secretary of State for the Colonies
Publication details: 
On his monogrammed letterhead. From the Colonial Office [ Whitehall ], 10 June 1875.
£30.00

1p., 12mo. On grey paper with black border. In fair condition, aged, and laid down on paper with watered silk backing (the endpaper of an album?). In reply to Cubitt's letter he writes that his 'list is extremely full but that I have sent for young Mr. Edmonds on the chance that I shall be able to make room for him.' Edmonds has 'not yet come or answered the summons'.

[ Sir Stafford Northcote, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stafford H. Northcote') to 'Hankey' [ the economist Thomson Hankey ]

Author: 
Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ] (1818-1887), Conservative politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1874-1880 [ Thomson Hankey (1805-1893), economist
Publication details: 
On House of Commons letterhead. 17 June 1873.
£220.00

4pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. An excellent letter, concerning a banking bill in the House of Commons, written while Hankey was briefly outside the House of Commons, and Northcote was in opposition (he would be appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer following the election the following year. Northcote has read and is returning Hankey's 'papers', and finds his argument 'sound and right, but I own to a little uneasiness as to the view the House may take of the bill, - whatever that may turn out to be, for as yet we have not been favoured with a sight of it.

[ Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Carnarvon') to an unnamed recipient (the Secretary of the British Academy?), reaffirming his decision not to send pictures.

Author: 
Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890), Conservative politician [ Highclere Castle art collection ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of The Coppice, Henley on Thames. 1 November 1879.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. He writes: 'It really costs me a great deal to say no to any wish that you and the Academy may express: but I do not like to alter my conclusion, at all events at present, in regard to the pictures. I hope you will not think me illiberal, but I have so great an objection to their incurring the risk of an unnecessary journey that I hope you will not ask me.'

[ George Joachim Goschen, 1st Viscount Goschen. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('George J Goschen') to an unnamed recipient [presumably Frank May, Chief Cashier, Bank of England], responding to congratulations, and recalling his association with the Bank.

Author: 
George Joachim Goschen (1831-1907), 1st Viscount Goschen, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 69 Portland Place, W. [ London ] 6 January [ no year ].
£65.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition, lightly aged. He thanks him for his 'kind letter & good wishes. It is very satisfactory to me to see that I am held in such friendly remembrance by officers of the Bank, with which I was connected a good many years ago.' The item derives from the Frank May papers.

[ Geoffrey Drage, author and Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss May' [ children's author Beatrice Irene Magraw ], acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality.

Author: 
Geoffrey Drage (1860-1955), author and Conservative politician [ Beatrice Irene Magraw [ B. I. Magraw, born Beatrice Irene May ] (c.1888-1970), children's author ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Commission on Labour, 44 Parliament Street, London. 10 November 1892.
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. He thanks her for 'the very pleasant glimpse of yourself and your family which I got last Saturday to Monday'. He hopes she will excuse the delay in acknowledging her 'kind and graceful hospitality'.

[ 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.

Author: 
Walter Long [ Walter Hume Long ], 1st Viscount Long [ Lord Long ] (1854-1924), Conservative politician [ Sir Richard Harington (1835-1911) of Ridlington, 11th Baronet ]
Publication details: 
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.
£150.00

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.

[ Frederick Marquis, 1st Earl of Woolton. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Woolton') to K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, declining to take the chair at a meeting.

Author: 
Frederick James Marquis (1883-1964), 1st Earl of Woolton, Conservative politician [ K. W. Luckhurst, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, London ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 68 Brook Street, London, W.1. 8 December 1948.
£45.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, with hole from paperclip at top left, and small rust spot to left-hand margin. Woolton's signature has been underlined by Luckhurst in red pencil. He thanks him for the invitation to take the chair 'at the meeting of the Society on Wednesday, 19th January, when Mr. Gray is reading a paper on "The Industrial Designer and Consumer Goods", but must decline, as he is 'already engaged for the whole of that day'.

[ F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead. ] Autograph signature ('Birkenhead') removed from document.

Author: 
F. E. Smith [ Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead ] (1872-1930), Lord Chancellor
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

Good firm signature, underlined. In good condition, on 5 x 9 cm piece of paper.

[ Chris Chataway, runner and politician ] Autograph Letter Signed "Christopher Chataway" to "Sir James" [?] declining an invitation to give a lecture.

Author: 
Christopher Chataway [Sir Christopher John Chataway (1931–2014), often known as Chris Chataway, British middle- and long-distance runner, TV news broadcaster, and Conservative M.P.
Publication details: 
[House of Commons stamp] 2 Feb [no year given]
£35.00

Two pages, 8vo, very good condition. "It was very good of you to invite me to give the Trueman Wood Lecture, and I was most honoured. | As you will have heard, however, I came to the conclusion somewhat regretfully that I could not really do justice to the occasion. Althugh I am becoming increasingly interested in the problems of conservation - and I hope gradually more knowledgeable - I did not feel that I had sufficient expertise to lecture about it to the R.S.A."

[ Printed item; A.J. Balfour PM & Rudyard Kipling on Committee ] Rules of the Cecil Club, and List of Members. 1897.'

Author: 
[ Cecil Club, London, founded in 1882 ] [ Conservative Party ]
Publication details: 
[ Cecil Club, London. 1897. ] London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross.
£120.00

16pp., 12mo. In printed wraps. Internally in good condition, in grubby wraps. The first rule reads: 'The Cecil Club is established to promote social intercourse between Politicians of the Constitutional Party, and those men of influence, or promise, in the Literary, Scientific, or Artistic world, who generally approve the political principles of that party.' The club was formed in 1882 as 'The National Review and Cecil Club'. Scarce: no other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.

[ Sir Edward Marshall Hall, distinguished barrister. ] His own red silk rosette, with blue centre, for electioneering in Liverpool East Toxteth.

Author: 
Sir Edward Marshall Hall (1858-1927), distinguished barrister and Conservative Member of Parliament for Southport, 1900-1906, and Liverpool East Toxteth, 1910-1916
Publication details: 
[ Liverpool. 1910 or 1916. ]
£80.00

From the papers of Sir Edward Marshall Hall. The rosette, diameter 13cm., has a ruffled border of two layers of red silk, and a Conservative blue interior, diameter 7cm., with two 13 x 5.5cm. ribbons of red silk hanging down. Embroidered on the rosette in thick gold thread: 'EAST TOXTETH | M H'. Safety pin on reverse. In good condition, still bright, lightly aged and worn. Such items would have been produced by London military tailors like Gieves and Hawkes.

[Offprint of article attacking 'the ubiquitous apostles of revolutionary and Socialistic doctrines'.] The Ethics of Politics. II. (Reprinted from "The Liberty Review.")

Author: 
The Liberty Review; Watts & Co., London publishers [ United Kingdom General Election, 1892 ]
Publication details: 
London: Watts & Co., 17, Johnson's Court, Fleet St. Undated [ late nineteenth century ].
£50.00

8pp., 12mo. Stitched pamphlet. Aged, and with central vertical fold. A call for 'political instructors who shall [...] impress the first principles of political morality on the minds of the newly-enfranchised masses'.

[ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Austen Chamberlain') on duplicated 'Agenda' of a meeting of the Coalition Liberal Organisation meeting.

Author: 
Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain (1863-1937), Conservative politician, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Publication details: 
With stamp of the Conservative Liberal Organisation, Headquarters Western Group, 28 Baldwin Street, Bristol. Undated, but dated to December 1920 in manuscript.
£65.00

1p., folio. On aged and creased paper. With Coalition Liberal Organisation stamp at bottom right, and manuscript date 'Decr 1920' at head. The agenda is in four numbered parts, including an 'Address by the Right Honourable J. Austen Chamberlain, M.P. (Chancellor of the Exchequer)', and the proposing by T. W. H. Inskip, M.P., of F. A. Wilshire, 'Prospective Coalition Candidate Thornbury Division', with Sir George Davies in support.

[ Sir Edward George Clarke, barrister who represented Oscar Wilde. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Edward Clarke'), reminiscing about a trial at which he considers his client was wrongly convicted, and commenting on his son William Francis Clarke.

Author: 
Sir Edward Clarke [ Sir Edward George Clarke ] (1841-1931), Conservative Solicitor-General who represented Oscar Wilde against the Marquis of Queensbury [ William Francis Clarke (1883-1961) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Peterhouse, Staines [ Middlesex ]. 22 December 1927.
£90.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He begins by expressing pleasure at having been asked to write his name in Tyrrell's copy of his book (probably 'Benjamin Disraeli', published in 1926). He also thanks him for 'the kind things said about me in your letter'. He has 'tried to be useful in various ways', and remembers 'the case you mention.

[ Raymond Asquith, son of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith and member of 'The Corrupt Coterie'. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Raymond Asquith') to 'Dummett' [ Sir Robert Ernest Dummett ], regarding speaking at a political meeting.

Author: 
Raymond Asquith (1878-1916), son of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith, barrister and member of 'The Corrupt Coterie' [ Sir Robert Ernest Dummett (1872-1941) ]
Publication details: 
The first on letterhead of 1 Paper Buildings, Temple, EC [ London ]. 14 December 1908. The second (with mourning border) on letterhead of 49 Bedford Square, WC [ London ]. 8 January 1909.
£100.00

Both items in fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. ONE: 2pp., 12mo. He complains of having done 'no political speaking for 2 or 3 years now', and of being 'a poor hand at it even when in practice'. Dummett is nevertheless invited to 'command' him on 29 January. TWO: 3pp., 12mo. Circumstances having arisen, he has to apologise for 'crying off'. He is certain that 'in the 3 weeks which remain' Dummett will have 'no difficulty in securing a substitute who will be much more effective'. From the papers of Sir R. E. Dummett.

[ Marquis of Salisbury, British Prime Minister. ] Part of Autograph Letter to the Bishop of Peterborough, with signature ('Salisbury').

Author: 
Marquis of Salisbury, British prime minister [ Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1830-1903) ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts. Date not present [ post 1870 ].
£30.00

1p., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly-spotted and aged paper with Joynson watermark dated 1870. The text, addressed to 'The Rt Rev. The Lord Bishop of Peterborough', reads: '[...] for the Church. Without these I fear, the Chapel Service alone will not keep up the Christian character of the College teaching. | Believe me | Yours faithfully | Salisbury'.

[ Sir Stafford Northcote, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Stafford H. Northcote') to E. Lynch Daniell. regarding the Endowed Schools' Bill and lecturing on Friendly Societies.

Author: 
Sir Stafford Northcote [ Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh ] (1851-1885), Conservative politician [ E. Lynch Daniell, Assistant Commissioner on Friendly Societies in Ireland ]
Publication details: 
On embossed letterhead of the House of Commons Library. 17 July 1874.
£40.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed 'Private'. He begins by undertaking to bear in mind Daniell's wishes if the Endowed Schools' Bill becomes law. With regard to 'lectures on the Friendly Societies', he thinks Daniell would be 'very well qualified to deliver some; but I don't think it would do for the Government to employ any one for the purpose'. He suggests he try to make 'private arrangements with some of the Literary and Philanthropic Societies', to some of which 'Ludlow' might be able to introduce him.

[ Lord Charles Clinton, Conservative politician. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clinton') to the Provost of Eton, regarding the hanging of his portrait on 'the pannels [sic] of the College Hall'.

Author: 
Lord Charles Clinton [ Lord Charles Pelham Pelham-Clinton ] (1813-1894), son of Henry Pelham-Clinton, 4th Duke of Newcastle
Publication details: 
Farnham Castle. 18 December 1857.
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. He 'unfeignedly' feels his 'unworthiness to be placed among those sons of Eton whose portraits are intended to grace the pannels [sic] of the College Hall'. He will comply with the Provost's wish, 'as soon as opportunity permits, & after I have learnt from you the most suitable mode of carrying your design into execution'.

[ W. H. Smith, stationer and Conservative politician. ] Autograph Signature on cover of envelope, franking a letter to Thomas Thatcher.

Author: 
W. H. Smith [ William Henry Smith ] (1825-1901), stationer and Conservative politician, First Lord of the Admiralty and First Lord of the Treasury
Publication details: 
No date or place.
£20.00

Cover of envelope, 9.5 x 13 cm. Aged and discoloured. Partial official postmark in red. Addressed by Smith at centre to 'Thomas Thatcher Esqre | 44 College Green | Bristol.' Signature in bottom left-hand corner: 'W. H. Smith'.

[ Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, British Conservative Prime Minister
Publication details: 
On card with embossed House of Commons letterhead. Undated.
£20.00

The card measures 9 x 11.5 cm. Aged but in good condition, with traces of paper from mount on reverse. A good firm large signature, centred and reading 'Stanley Baldwin.'

[ UK General Election, 1886. ] Printed Conservative Party handbill, with one section giving 'Six Reasons for Voting AGAINST the Radicals', and another giving 'Six Reasons for Voting FOR the Conservatives'.

Author: 
[ United Kingdom General Election, 1886; Conservative Party; Liberal Party; Birmingham Radicals ]
Publication details: 
Printed and Published by R. Lancefield, Market Street, Faversham. [ 1886 ]
£56.00

Printed on one side of 17.5 x 25 cm piece of wove paper. Heavily worn and aged, with closed tears to extremities. Divided into two sections by central vertical rule.

[ Sir Algernon Borthwick, Conservative politician and newspaper proprietor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Algernon Borthwick') to 'Miss Frere'

Author: 
Sir Algernon Borthwick [ Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk ] (1830-1908), Conservative Party politician and owner of the Morning Post newspaper
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 139 Piccadilly, W. [ London ]. 5 January [ no year ].
£35.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight smudging to second page. Annotated by the recipient 'read & burn'. He explains that he is 'just off to Eastbourne', and asks her to send on her letter 'to The Editor [of the Morning Post]', adding that it is 'a risk to send to me'. He concludes by explaining that he and his wife have 'given our present long ago & I am subscribing to a Kensington one. We cannot subscribe to all.'

[ Sir Joseph Chamberlain, Liberal statesman. ] Autographh Letter Signed ('J. Chamberlain') to 'Sir Robert'

Author: 
Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914), English politician, first a Liberal, then a Liberal Unionist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham. 26 December 1903.
£50.00

Although never Prime Minister, Chamberlain was described by Churchill as the man 'who made the weather' in the House of Commons, and was leader of the Liberal opposition for a few months in 1906. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. He thanks the recipient for accepting his invitation, and considers that his 'assistance will greatly strengthen the commission'.

[ Lord Henry Bentinck. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Henry Bentinck').

Author: 
Lord Henry Bentinck [ Lord Henry William Scott-Bentinck ] (1804-1870), Conservative statesman
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Good firm signature. Written in response to a request for an autograph, and reading 'if you wish | Your's sincerely | Henry Bentinck'.

[ Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister. ] Two prints of portrait photographs by royal photographer Marcus Adams, with a pencil study from one of them by Adams on the reverse.

Author: 
Marcus Adams (), royal photographer [ Neville Chamberlain [ Arthur Neville Chamberlain ] (1869-1940), British Conservative Prime Minister ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. (Late 1930s.)
£250.00

Neither print is ascribed, but in an unpublished typescript in the Adams Papers, Rosalind Thuillier (author of a 1985 monograph on Adams) quotes her husband Gilbert Adams (Marcus's son) as follows: 'Another phase of his activities as a photographer was into a device called "photo sculpture". [...] At the time of Munich he went round to the photo-sculpture's studio, and I accompanied him, to photograph Neville Chamberlain. Neville Chamberlain was photographed in this way and some many hundreds of these casts were made of him.

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