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AUTOGRAPHS OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS

For aesthetic reasons or, perhaps, just to be contrary, we have organised autographs of Prime Ministers in order of their dates of first holding office. The political office of Prime Minister in the United Kingdom is one that has evolved over a period of time and the term Prime Minister, although in Parliamentary use in the 19th century was not given official recognition in the Order of Precedence until 1905.  The office of Prime Minister is generally synonymous with that of the First Lord of the Treasury.  It is generally accepted that the list of British Prime Ministers begins with Sir Robert Walpole who led the Governent from 1721 to 1742. Up to and including the General Election of 2010, there have been 74 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.  These include some of the greatest political figures on the world stage, such as Winston Churchill, William Pitt, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone but also some lesser known and even obscure figures who made little mark on the pages of history.  Some Prime Ministers, such as the Duke of Wellington, had successful careers in other fields and the Duke's autograph is also in demand by collectors of military autographs.  Owen & Barlow's autographs in this category include the wives and family of Prime Ministers.

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SIR ROBERT WALPOLE (1676-1745) Document Signed
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE (1676-1745) Document Signed

SIR ROBERT WALPOLE Treasury Document With AUTOGRAPH Signature British Prime Minister (1722-1742)   Part of a treasury document, signed by Sir Robert Walpole and also by George Bubb Dodington (1691-1762) later Treasurer of the Navy, Thomas Winnington (1696-1746) First lord of the Admiralty and William Clayton, Baron Sundon (1671-1752). A receipt for £1,600 dated 30th June 1737. With the majority of the text remaining on the verso.   On treasury paper. Approx 7.25 x 6.5 inches. A little trimmed at edges with slight losses to some words but not touching the signatures. Some browning and mounting traces to verso. Very good......

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WILLIAM PITT (1759-1806) Autograph Letter
WILLIAM PITT (1759-1806) Autograph Letter

WILLIAM PITT AUTOGRAPH Letter. William Pitt the Younger. British Tory statesman. Became the United Kingdom's youngest Prime Minister in 1783 at the age of 24. He served a second term from 1803-04.  His tenure was dominated by events arising from the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. AL.  1p. Downing Street. Sunday evening, October 10th [no year but probably 1784].  To Lord Effingham (Thomas Howard, 3rd Earl of Effingham).  Paper with George III government watermark. "Mr Pitt presents his compliments to Lord Effingham, and will be much obliged to his Lordship if he can have the goodness to call in.....

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LORD LIVERPOOL (1770-1828) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD LIVERPOOL (1770-1828) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

ROBERT JENKINSON 2nd EARL OF LIVERPOOL Autograph LETTER Cover Signed. British Tory Prime Minister (1812-1827)   Autograph LETTER Cover, Signed and addressed in his hand "Private. To His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, Clumber, Nottinghamshire". With Free Frank dated 12th June 1812 (4 days after he became Prime Minister) and with his very large black wax seal on verso impressed with a good strike of his heraldic arms.   Written in pencil inside the cover is what appears to be a draft of a LETTER to the Prince Regent accepting political office (as Prime Minister?): "I have the honour to.....

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GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

GEORGE CANNING Autograph Letter Cover Signed. British Tory statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1879). Died in office after 118 days. Autograph letter cover front. Addressed, signed and dated in Canning's hand "Mr Hamilton, H.M.'s Vice Consul, Bulogne sur Mer. Jan[uar]y 1824. Geo. Canning".  Together with a 19th century steel engraved portrait of George Canning. Approx 12.5 x 8 cms. Slight mounting traces to edges of verso, else near fine.  The steel engraving measures approx. 16 x 9 cms and is mounted on card from an album leaf. At the date of this letter, Canning was serving in.....

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GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Front Signed
GEORGE CANNING (1770-1827) Autograph Letter Front Signed

GEORGE CANNING Autograph LETTER Front Signed British Tory Prime Minister.   Autograph Free Front, London. December 23rd, 1824. Signed by George Canning, dated and addressed in his hand to Dr. Spearman, 30 Northampton Square, London.With Free Frank stamps and the stamp of the receiving post office (10 F[ore] Noon, De[cember] 25, 1824). Also bearing his red wax seal, impressed with his heraldic arms.  Mounted by the original 19th century collector with a contemporary steel-engraved portrait of Canning.   Laid down on a folded card measuring approx 12 x 5.5 inches.  Mounting traces on verso. Some creasing and browning but generally very.....

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LORD GODERICH (1782-1959) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD GODERICH (1782-1959) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

FREDERCK JOHN ROBINSON, VISCOUNT GODERICH AUTOGRAPH LETTER Cover Signed. British Tory and subsequently Whig politician. Prime Minister from 1827 to 1828.   Autograph Letter Cover, signed by Goderich (as F.J. Robinson) and addressed in his hand to His Grace The Duke of Newcastle, Clumber Park, Tuxford.  With Free Frank dated 9th March 1838 and with the stamp of the receiving post office on the verso and his red wax seal, impressed with his heraldic device.   4to folded sheet, measuring approx 4.75 x 3.25 inches when folded. Some mounting traces to verso, slight nick to top edge, else fine.  .....

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LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE Autograph Letter Cover Signed. British Whig statesman. Twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1834 and 1835-1841). Autograph free frank lettercover, addressed, dated and signed in Lord Melbourne's hand "London, October four 1838. Mr Moffatt, Clumber Park, Notts. Melbourne".  with Lord Melbourne's black wax seal on verso and the receipt stamp of the post-office at Tuxford, 5th October 1838.  Folded 4to sheet. Folded size approx 14.5 x 8 cms. Slight dust soiling and light edge creasing, else near fine. Signed whilst Lord Melbourne was Prime Minister. Mr Moffat was the secretary to the Duke of.....

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GBP85.00
LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Cover Signed
LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Cover Signed

WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE Autograph Letter Cover Signed. British Whig statesman. Twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1834 and 1835-1841). Autograph free frank letter cover, addressed, dated and signed in Lord Melbourne's hand "London, June twenty sixth 1838. Mr Moffatt, Clumber Park, Worksop. Melbourne".  with Lord Melbourne's red wax seal on verso. Approx 12 x 8 cms. Remains of mounting hinge at top edge, else near fine. Signed whilst Lord Melbourne was Prime Minister. Mr Moffat was the secretary to the Duke of Newcastle, Henry Pelham-Clinton. Newcastle had become leader of the "Ultra-Tory" faction and was a vocal.....

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LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Signed
LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM LAMB, 2nd VISCOUNT MELBOURNE Autograph Letter Signed British Whig statesman. Twice Prime Minister (1834 and 1835-41).   ALS.  1p. Brocket Hall Wellwyn, Herts. January 6th, 1814.  To Mr. Anderson.   "As the last accounts I had of Mrs Elliot's health were by no means favourable, I took the liberty of writing to you on Monday last to request your opinion respecting her health, since you were so good as to write to me last week, and if you think she has gone on in gaining or losing her strength, I shall be impatient to hear from you."   8vo. Approx.....

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SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788-1850) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR ROBERT PEEL (1788-1850) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR ROBERT PEEL Autograph Letter Signed. British statesman and twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1834-35 and 1841-46). ALS. 2pp. Stanhope Street, March 25th [no year].  To The Right Honourable Sir William Grant. "Your very kind note gave me the greatest satisfaction. I am confident that your vote for Mr Lloyd, given upon the grounds of which alone he expected to receive it, will greatly enhance the gratification he will receive from receipt - or, should he fail, will to an equal degree mitigate his disappointment of his failure. Believe me with the greatest respects, My dear Sir, your.....

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GBP225.00
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