[George Butler, Dean of Peterborough.] Autograph Letter Signed to the tea merchant Richard Twining the younger, soliciting his vote [in an Orphan Asylum Election List] on behalf of a child who is 'a subject of great distress'.

George Butler (1774-1853), Dean of Peterborough, schoolmaster and divine, headmaster of Harrow School, 1805-1829
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The Deanery, Peterborough. 24 September 1850.
SKU: 14041

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. The letter reads: 'At the earnest entreaty of a valued friend, I take the liberty of soliciting your vote & interest, if not pre-engaged, on behalf of a Child, whose card is enclosed. It seems, as every such case must needs be, a subject of great distress.' Institutions such as the London Orphan Asylum submitted regular printed 'Polling-lists' of deserving children, for notables such as the Duke of Wellington to vote on for the 'election'.