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POLITICS (BRITISH) AUTOGRAPHS

This category includes the autographs of British politicians and statesmen of all political persuasions and includes both Lords and Commons.  In addition to elected representatives and the inheritors of political powers, this section also includes other persons who held quasi-political office, such as senior civil servants and administrators.  British Prime Ministers will be found in a separate category devoted exclusively to them.  British politicians who are best known for a foreign or colonial role, such as Viceroys of India and other colonial governors and administrators are more likely to be found in Owen & Barlow's Politics (World & Colonial) Autographs category.  Politics was one of the most popular areas for 19th century collectors (possibly matched only by Victorian interest in the clergy) and the "free frank" system turned the collecting of political autographs into something that was not dissimilar to the collecting of postage stamps.  See our Glossary of Terms for a further explanation of this.

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GRANVILLE LEVESON-GOWER, LORD GRANVILLE (1815-1891) Autograph Letter Signed
GRANVILLE LEVESON-GOWER, LORD GRANVILLE (1815-1891) Autograph Letter Signed

GRANVILLE LEVESON-GOWER, LORD GRANVILLE Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Liberal statesman. Three times British Foreign Secretary.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. Walmer Castle, Deal. August 7th 1879. To [William] Woodall. Together with a fine contemporary photograph.   "I am sorry to say, I shall be out of England next month.  I am afraid that you have been put to inconvenience by reckoning on my presence. Pray accept my excuses."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Mounting residue on verso of integral blank leaf, else fine.  The portrait of Lord Granville is a fine 19th century silver print photograph......

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GBP145.00
WALTER McLAREN (1853-1912) Autograph Letter Signed
WALTER McLAREN (1853-1912) Autograph Letter Signed

WALTER McLAREN Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Liberal politician.   ALS. 3pp.  56 Ashley Gardens, S.W. December 11th 1897. To [William] Woodall. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "My Liberal friends at Sandbach have asked me to try and persuade you to come to a meeting in January there, and I very cordially send on this request with the strongest expression of my own hope that you can comply with it. They will have a first rate meeting in their town hall, holding 600 or 700; and as Sandbach is the home of Mr Marriott, the Tory candidate,.....

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GBP75.00
DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Letter Signed
DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Letter Signed

DANIEL O'CONNELL Autograph Letter Signed. Irish political activist and campaigner for Catholic Emancipation. Known as 'The Liberator'. ALS. 2pp.  London, 13th February 1832. To "My dear James".   "You have enclosed a cheque for £263.10 of this £258.10 are to be added to the £500 remitted you by [redacted] to take up my bill for £758.10.  The remaining five pounds you are to remit without delay to the parish priest at Killadesert, Co. Clare for the building of his chapel being money handed me for that purpose by an English Catholic.  I beg of you to take the trouble of doing.....

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GBP395.00
DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Envelope Signed
DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Envelope Signed

DANIEL O'CONNELL autograph Envelope Signed.Irish patriot and politician, known as "The Liberator". Autograph envelope, signed. Dated and addressed in his hand "London. March thirty 1835. Wm. Marshall, Esq., Penwortham Lodge, Preston, Lancashire". Approx 5.5 x 3.75 inches. Some age toning and slight creases. Ink a little smudged when it was originally blotted by the writer. Daniel O'Connell led the campaign for the repeal of the Act of Union that made Ireland a part of the United Kingdom and he was also the leading voice in the movement for Catholic emancipation.  Catholic emancipation became law in Britain in 1829 and Daniel.....

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DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Envelope Signed
DANIEL O'CONNELL (1775-1847) Autograph Envelope Signed

DANIEL O'CONNELL autograph Envelope Signed.Irish patriot and politician, known as "The Liberator".Autograph envelope front with free frank, signed.  Dated and addressed in his hand "London. August twenty 1835.  Samuel Horrocks, Esq., Winckley Square, Preston".Approx 4.75 x 3.5 inches. Age toned with patchy patina.Daniel O'Connell led the campaign for the repeal of the Act of Union of Great Britain and Ireland and he was also the leading voice in the movement for Catholic emancipation. Catholic emancipation became law in Britain in 1929 and this enabled Daniel O'Connell to take his seat in Parliament in 1830. George IV is said to have.....

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GBP75.00
JOHN SADLEIR (1813-1856) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN SADLEIR (1813-1856) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN SADLEIR Autograph letter Signed. Irish Nationalist MP, founder of the Catholic Defence Association, financier, forger and fraudster.   ALS. 1p. Drichther [?] Club. 27th April, no year. To "Dear Nicholls".   If you should be disengaged tomorrow come and dine with me here at seven o'clock. You will meet Keogh and a few other friends. Yours very truly," etc.   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf, else very good.   John Sadleir was a leading member of the Independent Irish Party which, after its formation in 1852, briefly held the balance of power in parliament. Notwithstanding.....

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GBP125.00
CHARLES TREVELYAN (1807-1886) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES TREVELYAN (1807-1886) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR CHARLES TREVELYAN Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) Civil Servant and Colonial Administrator. The reformer of the British and Indian Civil Service.   ALS. 1p and integral blank leaf. No place. 26th January 1855. To [Sir Stafford] Northcote.   "Jowett will not accept - Do you know a man? What do you say to Bernard? or Waldron if you know him? Gladstone suggested the possibility you might undertake it yourself. This would be the best of all and the public at least would be a Great Carrier."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. The docketing on the reverse of.....

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GBP125.00
JOHN FANE 11TH EARL OF WESTMORLAND (1784-1859) THREE FOLIO LETTER BOOKS OF HIS CORRESPONDENCE WHILST BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN BERLIN AND VIENNA 1841-43, 1850-51 and 1854-55 (Crimean War, etc).
JOHN FANE 11TH EARL OF WESTMORLAND (1784-1859) THREE FOLIO LETTER BOOKS OF HIS CORRESPONDENCE WHILST BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN BERLIN AND VIENNA 1841-43, 1850-51 and 1854-55 (Crimean War, etc).

JOHN FANE 11TH EARL OF WESTMORLAND THREE FOLIO LETTER BOOKS OF HIS OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENCE WHILST BRITISH AMBASSADOR IN BERLIN AND VIENNA 1841-43, 1850-61 and 1854-55 (Crimean War, etc). British soldier, diplomat and musician. The letter books are partly autograph and partly in secretarial hands and each volume has a full index to its content.  They contain the official retained copies of letters and dispatches written by Westmorland to the Foreign Secretary and his officials in the Foreign Office and other correspondents elsewhere.  These deal with diplomatic intelligence, the reports of agents, the content of conversations with various royal persons,.....

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GBP5,500.00
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