CONSERVATIVE

[John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, Churchill's 'Home Front Prime Minister' after whom Anderson Shelters are named.] Typed Letter Signed as Home Secretary to Sir James Marchant on 'the Government's plans for a war time regional organisation'.

Author: 
John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley (1882-1958), civil servant and politician, 'Home Front Prime Minister' in Churchill's war cabinet [Sir James Marchant (1867-1956), eugenicist and social reformer]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Home Office, Whitehall, S.W.1. [London] 14 February 1939.
£150.00

Anderson served as Home Secretary, Lord President of the Council and Chancellor of the Exchequer. Marchant headed the National Vigilance Association and the National Council of Public Morals. 2pp, 4to. On two leaves stapled together. In fair condition, lightly aged, with some staining from rusted staples. Folded three times. A good letter, giving an indication of civil defence preparations on the eve of the Second World War.

[Sir Robert Peel, Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police.] Autograph Signature with frank on front panel of envelope addressed by him to the Earl Talbot. With his engraved crest.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Franking stamp with date 8 April 1830.
£35.00

Neatly written out by Peel on a 7 x 11.5 cm rectangle, cut from the front panel of an envelope. Laid down on a piece of paper cut from an album. All in Peel's hand, and reading: 'Private & Confidential | To | The Right Honble. | The Earl Talbot | Ingestrie | Stafford'. Peel's signature 'Robert Peel' (he would inherit the baronetcy the following month) is between two lines in the customary position at bottom left, with the stamp in red ink at top right. Laid down to the left of this item is a 3 x 2 cm piece of paper carrying the engraved crest, with the word 'Peel' printed below it.

[ 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.)
£150.00

Neither print is ascribed, but in an unpublished typescript in the Adams Papers, Rosalind Thuillier (author of a 1985 monograph on Adams) quotes her husband Gilbert Adams (Marcus's son) as follows: 'Another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.

[Anne de Vere Chamberlain, wife of Conservative Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.] Autograph Note Signed ('Anne Chamberlain') to printed notice of thanks for messages of condolence on her husband's death.

Author: 
Anne de Vere Chamberlain [née Cole] (1883-1967), wife of Conservative Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain [Arthur Neville Chamberlain] (1869-1940), who pursued a policy of appeasement against Hitler
Publication details: 
Printed notice is dated from Highfield Park, Heckfield, Basingstoke; November 1940; Autograph Note undated.
£100.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Conventionally-presented printed notice, in copperplate with mourning border, with address and date at foot. Reads: 'Mrs. Neville Chamberlain is deeply grateful for the wonderful messages and letters which she has received and she sends you her heartfelt thanks for your sympathy.' At the head of the notice is the ANS: 'Thank you Sir Egerton so much. I [?] you are right in what you say about my husband's efforts & work. & I like to have your sympathy. | Anne Chamberlain'.

[George IV and Home Secretary and future Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.] Autograph Signatures of the King ('George R.') and Peel ('R Peel') to 'Warrant for the removal of John Raddon to the Criminal Lunatic Asylum in St Georges Fields'.

Author: 
George IV (1762-1830), King of Great Britain; Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Prime Minister and creator of the British police force
Publication details: 
'Given at Our Court at Carlton House the Fifth day of February 1824, in the Fifth Year of Our Reign.'
£500.00

2pp, foolscap 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Folded twice. Large heavily-smudged signature of the king ('George R.') at head of first page, which has the royal seal under paper in the left-hand margin. Signed at end of document ('By His Majesty's Command') by the Home Secretary and future Prime Minister: 'R Peel'.

[Edmund Burke, Irish statesman.] Autograph Signature ('Edm Burke'), with seal in red wax, cut from legal document.

Author: 
Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish statesman, orator and author, Whig Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons, member of the circle of Doctor Samuel Johnson
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£180.00

On one side of a 7 x 12.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a legal document. In good condition, lightly aged. Laid down on 11 x 16.5 cm piece of cream paper, cut from the leaf of an album. The seal, in red wax, is at bottom right, and is crisp and clear, despite being lightly cracked. The excellent signature ('Edm Burke') is to the left of seal. The surviving text is above the signature, in another hand, and reads: '[...]ed remain in full force and Virtue - | [...]ourble. Edmund Burke'.

[Randolph Spencer-Churchill, Conservative politician, son of Winston Churchill.] Autograph Signature ('Randolph S. Churchill.').

Author: 
Randolph S. Churchill [Randolph Frederick Edward Spencer-Churchill] (1911-1968), Conservative politician and journalist, son of Winston Churchill [Geoffrey Herbert Crump (1891-1984)]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

On 10 x 6 cm slip of laid paper cut from an album, with partial ruled border in pink and blue. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, reading 'Randolph S. Churchill.' No other writing on the same side; with signature of 'Geoffrey H. Crump' on the reverse.

[The Burke Club, a wartime 'Conservative' club of which T. S. Eliot was a member.] 'Confidential' typed account by founder P. C. Loftus, titled 'The Burke Dinner Club. Some Notes (1948)'. With typed list of 'Suggested names'

Author: 
P. C. Loftus [Pierse Creagh Loftus] (1877-1956), MP, founder of the Burke Dinner Club, London [T. S. Eliot; Sir Osbert Sitwell; Collin Brooks; Edmund Burke]
Publication details: 
[The Burke Dinner Club, London.] Loftus's account, including a list of members, dated from his home, Reydon Covert, Southwold, Suffolk; September 1948. List of 'Suggested Names' undated.
£350.00

Both items in good condition, lightly aged. Surprisingly little is to be discovered regarding this club (not to be confused with 'The Club' founded in 1764). Casting an interesting light on the wartime reaction against the push for nationalisation and the welfare state. T. S. Eliot's involvement has apparently missed the attention of his biographers. From the papers of club member and Fleet Street editor Collin Brooks. ONE: Duplicated typescript, headed 'CONFIDENTIAL THE BURKE DINNER CLUB. Some Notes (1948)'. 5pp., foolscap 8vo. On five leaves, with punch holes to margin for ring binder.

[Sir Robert Peel, Troy Prime Minister.] Beginning of Autograph Letter in the third person, written while Prime Minister to Messrs Hanbury Taylor & Co'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers')
Publication details: 
Whitehall [London]. 22 June 1844.
£30.00

On one side of a 7.5 x 11 cm piece of paper, cut from the top of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on part of a leaf removed from an album. Reads 'Whitehall | June 22. 1844 | Sir Robert Peel requests Mess. Hanbury Taylor & Co [...]'. Written during his second ministry, 1841-1846, and after the Tamworth Manifesto of 1834, which brought into being the modern Conservative Party.

[Leo Amery, Secretary of State for India, supports 'the Beveridge scheme' for 'a general national health service'.] Typed Letter Signed ('L S Amery') to R. Steele, explaining why it is not 'in any sense totalitarian'.

Author: 
L. S. Amery [Leo Amery; Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery] (1873-1955), Conservative politician, Secretary of State for India [Beveridge Report, 1942; National Health Service; welfare state]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the India Office, Whitehall. 15 March 1943.
£180.00

A surprising letter from a Conservative imperialist and opponent of appeasement (Amery was one of only four members who remained seated when Chamberlain announced his flight to Munich to a cheering House of Commons, the others being Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Nicolson). At the time of writing Amery was a member of the government as Secretary of State for India. The Beveridge Report had appeared in November of the previous year. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged.

[ Lord John Manners on the 'Cornwall Lewis - Ferrand affair'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Manners.') [ to the editor Henry Reeve ] discussing the proposed publication in the Greville Memoirs of a reference to 'the forgotten scandal'.

Author: 
Lord John Manners [ from 1888 John James Robert Manners, 7th Duke of Rutland ] (1818-1906), Conservative politician and poet [ Henry Reeve (1813-1895), editor of the Greville Memoirs ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Belvoir Castle, Grantham. 17 January 1886.
£50.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Docketed in pencil at top right of first page: '17 Janry. 1886. Ld J. Manners re Ferrand corres'. He gives the volume and page number of 'the sole reference to the Cornwall Lewis – Ferrand affair in the Greville Memoirs'. He does not consider that this 'necessitates the publication of the correspondence relating to the settlement which Mr. Heyward & I afterward accomplished'.

[ Sir Courtenay Mansel contests the University of Wales for the Conservatives in the 1929 General Election. ] Two printed items: an address 'To the Electors of the Welsh University' by Mansel, and an endorsement by D. Geraint Evans.

Author: 
Sir Courtenay Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh barrister and Liberal (later Conservative) politician [ D. Geraint Evans; University of Wales, Swansea ]
Publication details: 
Both items dating from 1929 and printed by the Alexandra Printing Co., 19 Alexandra Road, Swansea'. Mansel's address 'Published by the Candidate.'
£80.00

Having briefly (1923-1924) served as Liberal Member if Parliament for Penryn and Falmouth, and stood unsuccessfully in 1924 (again as a Liberal) and 1928 (as a Conservative) Mansel made a final effort to re-enter the House of Common in the 1929 general election, contesting the University of Wales seat, again as a Conservative. Mansel came third in a three-way contest which was won comfortably for the Liberals by Ernest Evans. No copies of either item have been traced, either on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat. The two are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn.

[ Lord Curzon analyses the result of the 1924 General Election, the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism. ] Three Typed Letters Signed (all 'Curzon') to Sir Courtenay Mansel, on Liberalism, Socialism, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill

Author: 
Lord Curzon [ George Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston ] (1859-1925), Conservative statesman, Viceroy of India, 1899-1905 [ Sir Courtenay Cecil Mansel (1880-1933), Welsh politician ]
Publication details: 
All on House of Commons letterhead. 7 November 1924; 12 March 1926 ('Dictated 12th'); 22 June 1928 ('Dictated 21st')
£320.00

Three excellent letters, highly revealing of Curzon's political position in the 1920s. The first, in the aftermath of the 1924 General Election, discussing at length the decline of Liberalism and the 'menace' of Socialism; the second regarding Lloyd George's 'land swindle' and the 'crushing blow' it has dealt the Liberal Party; the third explaining the reason for the impossibility of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill supporting Mansel (by now a Conservative) at the hustings in the 1928 Carmarthen by-election.

[ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Nobel Prize winning Conservative politician. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Austen Chamberlain') as Chancellor of the Exchequer to Walter H. Long, regarding 'inspection under the Food and Drugs Acts'.

Author: 
Austen Chamberlain [ Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain ] (1863-1937) Conservative politician awarded Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating 1925 Locarno Pact [ Walter Hume Long, 1st Viscount Long (1854-1924) ]
Publication details: 
Marked 'Private'. On his letterhead as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Treasury Chambers, Whitehall, S.W. [ London ] 8 February 1905.
£45.00

At the time of writing Long was President of the Local Government Board. 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Unusual government letterhead with mourning border for death of King Edward VII. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with pin holes at top left. The letter is addressed to 'My dear Walter', and is 'on the subject of inspection under the Food and Drugs Acts'. Chamberlain announces that 'we are now very nearly agreed, and it is a pity that we should not be wholly so'.

[ Lord Connemara, on resigning as Governor of Madras. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Connemara') to Sir J. D. Rees, fulsomely praising his services to him during his governorship.

Author: 
Lord Connemara [ Robert Bourke, 1st Baron Connemara (1827-1902), British Conservative politician, twice Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Governor of Madras ] [ Sir John David Rees ]
Publication details: 
'at Sea near Ceylon' (on letterhead of 'Government House'). 10 December 1890.
£150.00

On Lord Connemara's resignation on 8 November 1890 after four years as Governor of Madras, the Madras Mail commented (4 December 1890) that his administration was 'a bright epoch in the annals of Madras'. The present letter, written a month after his resignation, is addressed to 'J D Rees Esq C.I.E.' 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and ruckled, with traces of glue from mount on blank reverse of second leaf.

[ Lord Castlereagh, Tory politician. ] Autograph Signature ('Castlereagh') on frank addressed to Captain Wood, 10th Hussars, Kilkenny.

Author: 
Lord Castlereagh [ Frederick Stewart, 4th Marquess of Londonderry ] (1805-1872), Tory politician, Member of Parliament for County Down
Publication details: 
'London June Twenty Four 1833'.
£25.00

On 7.5 x 12 cm piece of paper, cut from the front of an envelope. With frank postmark in faint red ink. Laid out in the customary fashioin, with the date and address reading 'London June Twenty Four 1833. | Captn. Wood | 10th Hussars | Kilkenny', with 'Castlereagh' at bottom left.

[ Lord Combermere, soldier and diplomat whose ghost is said to haunt Combermere Abbey. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Combermere') to 'Wm. <Stranger?> Esq', regarding the political views of Bertie Williams Wynn and his desire to join the Carlton Club.

Author: 
Lord Combermere [ Field Marshal Stapleton Cotton (1773-1865), 1st Viscount Combermere ], soldier and diplomat, successively Commander in Chief in Ireland and India [ Combermere Abbey, Cheshire ]
Publication details: 
Combermere Abbey [ Cheshire ]. 25 February 1858.
£40.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. He writes to inform him that 'Mr Bertie Williams Wynn's political views are strictly Conservative & in accordance with those entertained by the great body of the Carlton Club'. Wnn is 'still anxious to become a Member of the Club', and Combermere gives his Shropshire address.

[ Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister. ] Autograph Signature ('Anthony Eden').

Author: 
Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister [ Robert Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1897-1977), Conservative politician ]
Publication details: 
Place not stated. 1938.
£25.00

On 13 x 16 cm leaf torn from an autograph album. In good condition, lightly aged. A good firm signature, on otherwise-blank page, reading 'Anthony Eden | 1938.' From the papers of the dance teacher Phrosso Pfister, and with the reverse carrying a school table in a childish hand with her name and those of other girls in a pencil grid.

[ Lord Carnarvon [ Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon ], Conservative politician and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Carnarven'), arranging a meeting regarding a 'serious question'.

Author: 
Lord Carnarvon [ Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon; Viscount Porchester ] (1831-1890), Conservative politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing (1826-1894)]
Publication details: 
48 Portman Square [ London ]. 11 February 1889.
£75.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small paint stain to first page. He will be 'most happy' to see Basing, '& to talk over this serious question'. He suggests arrangements and concludes: 'But anyhow there shall be ample time for convocation: for the matter ought not to be hurried.' At the time of writing the Marquis of Salisbury, a Conservative, was Prime Minister. The 'serious matter' may be the Naval Defence Bill, enacted on 31 May of the same year.

[ The Earl of Derby and the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. ] Speech of the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G., on the Established Church (I(reland) Bill, in the House of Lords, 25th June, 1868.

Author: 
The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G. [ Edward Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1799-1869), British Prime Minister; The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Permission of The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby by "The National Union" of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, 9, Victoria Chambers, Westminster, S.W. 1868.
£120.00

16pp., 12mo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold. In small print. Derby regards 'the disestablishment and disendowment of the Church of Ireland' as a 'dangerous measure', and urges the House of Lords to ward off its 'incalculable evils'. According to his entry in the ODNB, 'In February 1868 a rapidly ageing and sick Derby resigned from the premiership, handing the office over to Disraeli. Derby also resigned the formal leadership of his party in the Lords.

Speech of Mr. Gathorne Hardy on the Irish Church Question, in the House of Commons, 31st March, 1868. From the "Standard" of 1st April, 1868.

Author: 
'Mr. Gathorne Hardy' [ Gathorne Gathorne-Hardy, 1st Earl of Cranbrooke (1814-1906) [ The National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations; disestablishment of the Church of Ireland ]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Order of "The National Union" of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, 9 Victoria Chambers, Westminster, S.W. 1868.
£80.00

15pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged, with central vertical fold. In small print. In the conclusion of the speech - 'greeted with repeated rounds of applause' - he states that he 'cannot be a party to severing that Church and State under which it is the glory and the privilege of the state to uphold the light of the Reformation in the midst of Ireland'. Scarce: only two copies on OCLC WorldCat, at the British Library and Illinois, and no copy at the National Library of Ireland.

[ Hugh Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns, and the Church of Ireland, 1868. ] The Speech of the Lord Chancellor delivered in the House of Lords, June 29th, 1868, on the Motion for the Second Reading of a Bill, [...]

Author: 
[ Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns (1819-1885), Irish politician, twice Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom; the Church of Ireland; National Protestant Union ]
Publication details: 
Published for the National Protestant Union. London: Seeley & Halliday, Fleet Street. 1868.
£80.00

The full title reads: 'The Speech of the Lord Chancellor delivered in the House of Lords, June 29th, 1868, on the Motion for the Second Reading of a Bill, intituled An Act to prevent, for a limited Time, new Appointments in the Church of Ireland, and to restrain, for the same Period, in certain respects, the Proceedings of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for Ireland.' 47 + [1]pp., 8vo. Stitched and unbound. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with central vertical fold. The final page carries a list of 'Publications issued by the National Protestant Union'.

[ Lord Cairns, twice Lord Chancellor of Great Britain. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Cairns'), offering to try to gain 'Rowcliffe' a place on the Surrey Bench.

Author: 
Hugh McCalmont Cairns, 1st Earl Cairns [ Lord Cairns ] (1819-1885), Irish jurist and Conservative statesman, twice Lord Chancellor of Great Britain [ William Rowcliffe (1840-1922), lawyer ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 5 Cromwell Houses, S.W. [ London ] 10 April 1880.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Headed 'Private'. Reads: 'I shd. be glad to see you on the Surrey Bench before I leave office, if you still wish it, & if I can accomplish it. The first of these ifs you can answer. Please let me have a line.' The recipient was presumably the lawyer William Rowcliffe (1840-1922).

[ 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.

[ 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.'

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