[Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain, Chancellor of the Exchequer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Austen Chamberlain.') to his neighbour 'Mr Kynnersley', declining to part with 'a piece of the meadow', suggesting that his tenant acquire an allotment instead.

Austen Chamberlain [Sir Joseph Austen Chamberlain] (1863-1937), Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer [Thomas Clement Sneyd Kynnersley (1803-1892) of Moor Green, Moseley, Birmingham]
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6 November 1889. On letterhead of Highbury, Moor Green, Birmingham.

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. Folded twice. The letter, which deals with domestic matters, but has some interest considering the writer's father's views on land reform, is written a year after Chamberlain's return from his studies in Germany, where he had been alarmed by the rise in Prussian militarism, and with him on the verge of his entry into politics in the footsteps of his father Joseph Chamberlain. (He was also the older half-brother of the future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.) It begins: 'Dear Mr.

[Sir George Ferguson Bowen, Governor of New Zealand.] Autograph Letter Signed, discussing T. A. Sneyd Kynnersley and 'the Maori difficulty'. With Autograph Letter Signed from Rev. Reginald Broughton regarding Kynnersley ('the best specimen of hero').

Sir George Ferguson Bowen, successively governor of the Ionian Islands, Queensland, New Zealand, Victoria, Mauritius and Hong Kong; Rev. Reginald Broughton, classical scholar and educator [Thomas Alfr
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Bowen's letter: 26 March 1870; on embossed letterhead of Government House, New Zealand. Broughton's letter: 11 March 1866; Vallombrosa [i.e. Vallombrosa preparatory school], Cheltenham.

Two highly interesting letters relating to nineteenth-century New Zealand. Both concern Thomas Alfred Sneyd Kynnersley (1839-1874), chief warden and commissioner of the Nelson South West goldfield, whose entry in the New Zealand Encyclopaedia states was famed in the colony for 'his ingenuity and daring'.

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