JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN Autograph Letter Signed
British (English) statesman. Influential mayor of Birmingham. Leader of the Liberal Unionists in opposition, Secretary of State for the Colonies, President of the Board of Trade.
ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 40 Prince's Gardens, S.W. July 21st 1904. To the newspaper magnate C. Arthur Pearson, The Daily Express, together with card signed by Pearson.
"Mr D.J.[?] Haldemann in whose office I am insured for a considerable amount, has asked me for an introduction. I hardly think it is necessary, but have pleasure in asking you to spare a few minutes of your time to hear what he has to say." With printed business card of Sir Alfred Harmsworth enclosed, bearing the written words in Pearson's hand "To introduce Mr. Haldemann" and signed C. Arthur Pearson."
8vo Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Very fine.
Despite never becoming Prime Minister, Joseph Chamberlain is regarded as one of the most important politicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He served as President of the Board of Trade in the Liberal government of W.E. Gladstone and Secretary for the Colonies in Lord Salisbury's and Arthur Balfour's Conservative-Liberal Unionist coalition. In the latter role he presided over British policy in the Boer War. He succeeded in splitting both main parties (the Liberals over Irish Home Rule and the Conservatives over Tariff Reform). In his earlier civic role he was undoubtedly the most powerful and influential mayor the city of Birmingham ever had. Joseph Chamberlain was the father of both Austin Chamberlain and Neville Chamberlain, his sons by two different marriages.
Sir Cyril Arthur Pearson (1866-1921) was a British newspaper magnate and publisher, best known as the founder of the Daily Express. Pearson was a strong supporter of Joseph Chamberlain's tariff-reform movement and organised the Tariff Reform League in 1903, becoming its first chairman.